The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will feature a 5.99-inch Super AMOLED flexible display, according to reports this week. The smartphone-tablet hybrid will receive a larger display than the earlier rumored 5.7-inch screen, according to a new report from South Korean outlet MT Media. It also states that the device will enter into production in August in preparations for a September launch.
Samsung has reportedly changed to a flexible display for the Galaxy Note due to the Galaxy S4 selling less than expected. The company also hopes to better compete with LG, which is planning to launch a similar device.
Sony and HTC are also planning to launch Galaxy Note competitors sometime before the end of this year with the Xperia Z Ultra and the HTC One Max. Samsung hopes to show the world that it can still innovate with this new version of the Galaxy Note, according to the Korean publication. This would also be the first smartphone to launch from the company with this kind of a screen.
Another Galaxy Note 3 rumor that surfaced this week pointed to two different versions of the device launching including one with an AMOLED display and the other with LCD.
Samsung normally uses AMOLED displays on its Note line, but now the company is considering using LCD for part of its production of the phablet, according to the Korean publication Daum. The reason behind the shift is that AMOLED displays no longer offer Samsung a branding benefit.
The company has been producing more devices with AMOLED displays in recent months and Samsung's top priority for the screens at this time is the Galaxy S4. It also began offering OLED TVs and now Samsung Display can't keep up with AMOLED production as fast as Samsung Electronics has been able to sell smartphones and televisions.
Another reason Samsung could ditch AMOLED at this point is that the company no longer needs the technology as a selling point for its devices. The Galaxy brand has grown immensely in the past two years and now could stand on its own no matter what type of display Samsung decides to use.