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Rumor: Galaxy Note 3 not to offer metal design or flexible display

A new report says that the Galaxy Note 3 will not feature a metal design or flexible display, as the company would not be able to mass-produce sufficient such components for the device. Read on to find out more details!
May 16, 2013
Galaxy Note 2 (left) vs Galaxy S4 (right)

A new unconfirmed report reveals that Samsung has decided to stick with the current design line of its flagship device and build materials for the third-generation Galaxy Note model.

According to Sam Mobile’s insider, Samsung will not use the “renewed metal design” for the Galaxy Note 3 and the phone will not pack a flexible display either. Recent rumors did say that the company had to choose between different Galaxy Note 3 design prototypes, with one of them packing a flexible display.

More recently, an investment firm looking at Samsung’s display business, concluded that the Galaxy Note 3 won’t actually use a flexible display, because the South Korean giant can’t mass-produce flexible screens in sufficient quantities for such a device.

Apparently making enough metal cases for the Galaxy Note 3 is not possible either, which is why Samsung would rather use the Galaxy S4 design and build materials for the third-gen Note model. Naturally, this is a rumor for now, so take everything with a grain of salt, as we’ll surely see plenty of reports detailing Galaxy Note 3 features by the time the handset is official. Supposedly, the new Note model will be unveiled at some point in the third quarter of the year, most likely around IFA 2013.

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Samsung Flexible Display

The Galaxy S4 became the fastest-selling smartphone in history to date, and while the Galaxy Note 3 will not move as many units as fast as the Galaxy S4, it will surely attract plenty of attention from buyers, just like its predecessors did.

If today’s rumor is accurate, it seems that Samsung would rather sell as many plastic Galaxy Note 3 handsets as fast as possible after announcing it rather than delay the launch of a metal Galaxy Note 3 that would also pack a flexible screen.

The Galaxy Note 3 is said to have a bezel smaller than its predecessor and to pack a 5.99-inch Full HD AMOLED display, Exynos 5 Octa processor (1.9GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 and 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A7), 13-megapixel camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera and “the latest version of Android” with TouchWiz on top.