Samsung Galaxy Note 3 May Feature Plastic OLED Display: The First Device With Flexible Screen?

By Binu Paul , Updated Apr 23, 2013 12:46 PM EDT
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Samsung is reportedly mulling the prospects of introducing the first plastic OLED display in its highly anticipated next-generation Galaxy Note phablet. According to various reports doing the rounds in the tech world, the Note 3 will feature a flexible screen that will set a new standard in display thickness, in addition to providing significant protection against impact.

"Samsung Electronics Company (SEC) will exhibit a new Galaxy Note 3, featuring an unbreakable OLED display at IFA 2013 in September and plans to launch the product in Q4'2013.  Based on our research, SDC will utilize a plastic substrate with an LTPS active matrix and RGB patterned OLED," OLED Association reports.

The display size of Note 3 is expected to range from 5.5-inches up to more than 6 inches and when compared to glass-substrate type AMOLEDs, the flexible display features a thinner and lighter form factor, resulting in smaller size and higher mobility.

When compared with LCDs and glass substrate AMOLEDs, the OLED display with the plastic substrate brings down the weight and thickness significantly so that it can offer 0.5 mm OLED vs. 3.2 mm LCD thickness.

"In terms of weight, the LCD is 3 X higher at 160g while conventional OLEDs are 2 X higher at 100g heavier than the (unbreakable panel) UBP OLED," the report says.

Samsung Display Corporation (SDC) plans to produce a full HD resolution with real RGB. However, OLED Association says SDC would not be able to reach either FHD or ramp up to large volume in the fourth quarter of 2013, even if the commercialization of a plastic OLED integrated Galaxy Note 3 is achieved in the same timeframe.

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