Rumor: Samsung still hasn’t decided if the Note 3 will use a flexible display

by: Bogdan PetrovanJuly 25, 2013

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Keep your grain of salts close, but Samsung is reportedly still considering using a plastic-based OLED display (also known as a flexible display) on the upcoming Galaxy Note 3. At least, that’s what the Korean website Asia Economic is claiming in a report today.

The Korean outlet says Samsung is waiting to see if its display-making unit is able to achieve adequate production yields, in order to ensure a steady supply of panels for the Note 3.

For those who follow Samsung closely, this rumor may come off as puzzling. That’s because multiple previous reports claimed that Samsung was facing problems manufacturing flexible OLED panels, and that it would not be able to put them in the high-profile Note 3. Industry watchers now believe that LG, not Samsung, will be the first to ship a phone with a plastic based OLED display, sometimes towards the end of the year.

Even more curious is the claim in the Asia Economic report that Samsung will wait until the end of August to make a final decision on the display technology of the Note 3. Why is it curious? Because everyone expects Samsung to unveil the Note 3 in the first days of September, at the IFA Berlin trade show. Could the Korean giant make up its mind in the last minute?

Even assuming that mass manufacturing would happen in September and that the Note 3 would ship at the end of the month, it’s hard to believe that Samsung would wait so much to decide on a crucial component of the device. On the other hand, if any company has the capability to ramp up production at the flick of a switch, that’s probably Samsung.

The report goes on to reiterate an earlier rumor that Samsung would ship multiple variants of the Note 3, with LCD, glass-based OLED and plastic-based OLED on the table. Keep in mind though that we heard similar stories before the Galaxy S4 launched, so don’t invest too much trust in them.

Finally, an important thing to know is that at least the first generations of plastic-based panels will still be enclosed in rigid glass, so don’t expect anything to bend and roll.

  • najiy91

    now i get it, it is not flexible led is plastic led that substitute old glass led display.maybe more solid and unbreakable.

  • le_lutin

    If the screen is still covered in a layer of glass, what advantage will it be to the consumer the underneath it is a flexible oled?
    The last time the glass cracked on my phone (i had a galaxy s2) I had to replace the entire display (including the oled panel) as the whole thing is glued together.

    • They are thinner and lighter, so more space for battery and/or thinner phones. Not sure if will be possible to replace only the Gorilla glass on top.

      Flexible displays can also wrap around edges, like in the demo that Samsung gave at CES.

      • le_lutin

        Thank you sir!

  • nishantsirohi123

    I think it is ok

    flexible display is a new technology, still lot of work and testing is required
    perhaps prototypes for real life users

    samsung should not take the risk with a flagship

    • I agree, my note3 should not be a guinea pig. I’d rather have the screen like the s4 than having a new tech rushed for the occasion. It can wait for note4.

      • Victor V.

        yes, I partially agree, but I doubt you will keep your phone long enough for you to have a measurable effect on integrity of the plastic used. Either way I don’t see a huge advantage of this being used . Increased resistance to drops? it will definitely be shatter proof right? actually i take that back. I definitely see the advantage of a plastic flexible display.Should I dump my stock in corning LOL?Since they will definitely be taking a hit if this tech is used in future phones.


        nvm I just read bogdan’s comment. So they are still wrapped in glass?I need to research the technology a little more

    • flexible display is not a new technology……been around sinds 2009….(“ask” google..)..the issues are the (mass) production costs….

  • Joshua Martin

    It’s too late in the development stages for them to decide whether they want to change or alter the components of the phone without pushing back the unveiling date. So this won’t happen.

  • I remember an article a few months back regarding the note’s wacom digitizer improvements at the screen side opting it to skip amoled in favor of a special LCD screen for that purpose.

  • nishantsirohi123

    the only advantage this may provide is be more shock absorbing