Samsung sticking with plastic for Galaxy Note III, no flexible display either

Samsung sticking with plastic for Galaxy Note III, no flexible display eitherWith the Galaxy S4 launch now firmly out of the way, Samsung mobile fans are no doubt looking forward to the arrival of the other top-end Galaxy handset later in the year – the Galaxy Note III phablet.

But now it seems all the speculation about curved displays and aluminium construction we've been hearing may be nothing more than hot air, and neither will be present when the Galaxy Note III arrives in the flesh.

It's easy to understand how the rumours came about. After all, we've been talking about Samsung's flexible AMOLEDs for a while now, and the sleek aluminium lines of the HTC One and Nokia's new Lumia 925 have received plenty of praise.

But according to the normally trustworthy SamMobile, Samsung's flexible display technology simply isn't ready for mass production yet.

And while the company has certainly taken note of how well the metal-bodied HTC One's design has been received, it's simply too far down the development line to change tack and produce enough aluminium frames to satisfy launch demand for the Galaxy Note III.

In other words, it's sticking with plastic.

In fact, from a visual point of view the Galaxy Note III, we're told, will look just like an upsized Galaxy S4, and the only serious design change from the existing Note II will be a narrower bezel, allowing for the display to jump from 5.5in to 6in without affecting the overall dimensions.

Reading between the lines, it does at least seem that Samsung is open to switching to a metal body for its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note flagships, so it might be something to look forward to in next year's Galaxy S5.

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Aloha73  May. 18, 2013 at 02:52

"What a load of Tosh!"
I was going to give Samsung a final chance to redeem themselves with the Note 3, by holding out for its release, but I'm now more and more swayed towards the HTC One.
Promise after promise is nothing more than speculation.
They make us play the waiting game.
The Galaxy S5 - Perhaps in December 2014 or after.
Forget it.

JanSt / MOD  May. 18, 2013 at 11:52

Ah... I used the One - it's lovely. But the Note 2 was rock solid - as is the Nokia N9, the Z10 etc etc... I favour metal, too, and the Wave 3 showed us that Samsung can build a quality metal case. But I wouldn't dismiss a device because it's "plastic". Look how easy it is to scratch and dent the iPhone 5. Look at the back of an iPod Touch 4G etc etc...

matt101101 / MOD  May. 18, 2013 at 13:48

"What a load of Tosh!"
I was going to give Samsung a final chance to redeem themselves with the Note 3, by holding out for its release, but I'm now more and more swayed towards the HTC One.
Promise after promise is nothing more than speculation.
They make us play the waiting game.
The Galaxy S5 - Perhaps in December 2014 or after.
Forget it.

Ahh, aluminium...so premium they make Coke cans out of it ;).

sanji89  May. 19, 2013 at 12:25

I think it's a good thing that the galaxy note 3 is designed with plastic, because so he can have a removable battery, plus the plastic is not as bad

JanSt / MOD  May. 19, 2013 at 12:59

Sanji, right off the top of my head: Nokia E61, 75, Samsung Wave 3, HTC Legend etc all were (mostly) metal and had removable batteries and SD card expansion.

sanji89  May. 19, 2013 at 13:04

ok but the metal is heavier

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