The above picture is a sample of Samsung's Flexible OLED technology, and it's pretty obvious that this technology is at least a few years out. That hasn't stopped the rumor mill from firing up and predicting that the Note III is going to feature such a display type though. This is hardly surprising of course, rumors surrounding the Galaxy Note III started pretty much as soon as the calendar switched into 2013. As always, some rumors are a little more far-fetched than others. The idea of the Note III – or any device in 2013 – shipping with a flexible OLED display? Yeah, that's pretty far-fetched.
Well, according to Asia Economic the South Korean giant is still in the process of deciding whether or not they're going to be shipping the Note III with a flexible panel or not. Now, the idea of Samsung weighing things up is quite obvious, after all there are a lot of things for Samsung to mull over. For instance, will they be able to keep up with demand of the device, especially when a completely new type of display technology is a key part of it? Will such a new technology keep the price reasonable? Would they make a loss on including the new technology? The list of things to consider goes on and on.
The report goes that Samsung is looking to make a final decision on whether or not to use flexible OLED in the next Note by the end of August. That's definitely cutting it fine, when you take into account that Samsung is looking to announce the Note III at IFA in Berlin, which is held in September. The actual launch of the device is more likely going to be mid-October to early-November, making a decision in August seems a little last-minute to us.
Nevertheless, flexible OLED is still a very new technology and we doubt many people were even expecting Samsung to be even considering it for the Note III. For such a thing as this, you should have your salt-shaker at the ready.