Samsung Galaxy Note III rumoured to have plastic OLED display

Rumours have popped up about the display of the Samsung Galaxy Note III. The rumour, according to SamMobile, states that the next-gen phablet will have the world's first plastic OLED display. Rumours also state that the Note III will have a massive 5.99-inch display.

Because it is made of plastic, the display will be much thinner than other OLED displays. This will give Samsung much more room inside the phone to add extra things, like a bigger battery, for example. Having a screen made of plastic might also make it more durable than the current glass display. It will also make the phone lighter than its contemporaries.

A Galaxy Note 3 concept (Image credit: Twrix)

A plastic display may make the device much lighter than other phones using glass displays (Image credit: Twrix)


While the display may be made of plastic, the rest of the handset willhave a metal body, much like HTC's flagship, the One. According to an earlier report, Samsung was planning on using a metal body for the S4, but decided to stick to plastic so as to have a smoother production pipeline. However, the company hopes to ship fewer Galaxy Note 3s in comparison to its S4 sales estimates. And for this, the metal design could become viable.

Other specifications of the Galaxy Note 3 were also revealed. According to the information, the Note 3 will have a 6-inch full HD AMOLED display along with all the TouchWiz features from the Galaxy S4. Interestingly, the source points out that the phablet will have even more Samsung-developed features than the S4. It will also share the S4’s Exynos 5 Octa CPU and LTE chip. Looks like Samsung will include the same or a similar 13-megapixel camera on the back. The source also claims that the Note 3 will be running the latest version of Android, which could very well be Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.

Earlier, rumours stated that the phone will have the S Orb software pre-installed on it. Much like Android's default Photo Sphere, the S Orb will let users take pictures of everything around them and stitch them up into one big spherical panorama.

Once it makes its debut on the Note 3, it is also rumoured that Samsung will bring S Orb to its other devices, especially the S4. It might even make its way to older devices from 2012, like the Note II or the S3.

S Orb was originally speculated to make its debut alongside the S4 announcement, but Samsung made no mention of it. It is likely that the feature is still under development and the company hasn't managed to fix all of its bugs yet. As with all rumours, it is also likely that none of this may actually be true.

As far as hardware is concerned, Samsung will likely bring an improved S-Pen stylus with the Note 3. The Galaxy Note 8.0, which was announced at February’s MWC, has a pen that can also operate the capacitive buttons on the tablet. This will most likely be carried over for the next Note smartphone as well.

The Note series can be largely credited for making phablets a feasible proposition. The first Note was an unusually big handset for its time, but now phones with displays measuring 5 inches and larger have become ubiquitous. The Note 2 perfected some of the tricks that the Note could perform and the S-Pen became an even more powerful navigational tool. The company also expanded the Note portfolio by launching two tablets, the Galaxy Note 10.1 (Note 810 in India) and the Note 8.0 (Note 510 in India).

Published Date: Apr 23, 2013 15:47 PM | Updated Date: Apr 23, 2013 15:47 PM