Samsung is expected to launch the sequel to its successful Galaxy Note 2 smartphone/tablet hybrid later this year, and it’s likely to be even bigger and more highly specced than before. The latest rumours point to Samsung using a new type of material to cover the screen – a flexible, shatterproof sheet of plastic.
As you probably know, most high-end smartphones use extremely tough Gorilla Glass to protect their screens, but this would see the glass panel replaced by a thinner sheet of plastic, which is flexible and tough enough to resist breakages. According to the rumour, the Galaxy Note 3 will have a screen measuring at least 5.9-inches, perhaps reaching up to 6-inches-plus. Samsung has recently launched two other big screen devices, the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and the Galaxy Mega 6.3, proving it’s not afraid to blur the line between tablet and phone even more.
The plastic panel is said to be thinner and lighter than its glass counterpart, and could help shave nearly two millimeters from the Note 2′s chassis thickness, taking it down to around 8mm for the Note 3. Expect the hefty 183 gram weight of the Note 2 to also be reduced.
Of course, this is just a rumour at the moment, and there have been mixed reports regarding whether we’ll see flexible screens used on mainstream smartphones this year, with some saying it’s unlikely. LG has also committed to being the first manufacturer to release a phone with a flexible display, and says it can do so before the end of the year. The Galaxy Note 3 is expected to make its debut during the IFA show in September.