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Samsung 5.5-inch flexible screens at CES, Galaxy Note 3 surely

Under: Samsung
By:Debbie Turner | December 21st, 2012

As we near the end of the year we are starting to focus on the products that next year will bring and one device that we’ve posted on recently is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Note III). One of the things that we’ve particularly discussed is the possibility that the Note 3 may be one of the first devices to feature one of Samsung’s new flexible displays and today’s news seems to make that virtually certain.

Flexible displays have been rumored for some time for new Samsung devices and at the beginning of this month we reported that the Galaxy Note 3 and also the Galaxy S4 could both feature the new flexible displays. Samsung was reported as being in a position to start mass-producing the flexible displays that could be used in devices in 2013. The bendable displays would bring benefits such as increased durability and also lighter and slimmer devices that could also be bendable.

Following this though, we then heard of further reports saying that the displays were still a way off and so would not likely to be ready for the Galaxy S4, rumored to be released around March next year, and maybe not ready for the Galaxy Note 3 later in the year either. However the latest news on this now makes it seem extremely likely that the Galaxy Note 3 at least may well have one of the new flexible displays.

We’ll remind you that the current Galaxy Note 2 has a display size of 5.5-inches and a new report on Cnet states that Samsung Display is getting ready to show a new flexible smartphone display that measures 5.5-inches. This will apparently be unveiled at CES 2013 in January and has a resolution of 1280 x 720 and 267ppi. Samsung also plans to show a much larger 55-inch flexible display too, suitable for TVs. Other manufacturers such as LG and Nokia are also working on bendable displays so it looks likely that this will set a trend with the other major players.

We’d like to introduce one more possibility though, although we have to say it doesn’t seem likely. Although the evidence is compelling that this display will be used for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, we did report on a rumor recently that this might even increase from a 5.5-inch display on the Note 2 to a whopping great 6.3-inch display for the Note 3. Although we remain skeptical about this it does beg the question, ‘could the 5.5-inch flexible display be for the Galaxy S4 instead?’ After all, the Galaxy S3 moved up to a 4.8-inch display so there’s at least a slight possibility that the screen size might increase to 5.5-inches for the Galaxy S4. Just speculation of course but worth thinking about.

We’d like to hear what you think about this. Are you eager for the new flexible displays to be featured in Samsung products for next year? Do you think there’s a remote chance that the 5.5-inch display being shown at CES next month will be for the Galaxy S4 rather than the Note 3? Let us know with your comments.

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  • Disappointed prepper

    “Are you eager for the new flexible displays to be featured in Samsung products for next year?”

    Why not, if the whole thing bends. If they’ve pulled off a magic trick and managed to achieve that, I’ll be very impressed.

  • lingdales

    Can’t see the point of bendable screens myself?
    Unless they fit into a smaller pocket – Unlikely !
    Or they are more durable – ie. you can put then on the back pocket of a pair of jeans and still sit down – Unlikely
    Other wise they will be just a curiousity

  • Unhappy

    The novelty is there but one has to ask, “Do you really care how much your screen bends?”

  • Mike

    if the screen can bend, but the other components such as the battery and chips cant, then is there really a point?

    • jvm

      Having a bendable screen makes it more durable. It won’t crack easily. There’s a video on youtube showing that.

  • javaxtra

    Seriously.. if your phone can bend but only can show 267ppi.. and mine can not bend but just as light(or slightly heavier) but can show 400+ ppi.. I am there.. currently 267 ppi on note 2 is not that great.

  • placeholder

    wouldn’t a flexable display distort the image when it bends?

  • zetruenando

    Galaxy Note has a wacom screen so I doubt the flexible screen is for the note but rather for the S4. Only adds value if it reduces weight and makes it more durable…

  • Shadow Girl

    Awesome!

  • brad

    would this protect the phone from falling/ water damage?

  • Matthias Mohammed

    I hope that the note does not increase the actual device size, there is still room on the note 2 for the screen to be increased but if they really increase the actual device size im sure that it will ruin the sales of this phone, I like it the way it is now and would prefer it to stay this size but the screen can be increased more I must say!

  • http://www.facebook.com/hans.servando Hans Servando

    will the battery be bendable? otherwise the rumor has no sense

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