In early June, Samsung announced that they had sold over 7 million units of the Galaxy Note. It is perhaps the first huge smartphone / small tablet – which some like to call a phablet – to see reasonably good sales in the international market. Now, almost a year after its announcement and release, Samsung is all set to announce the next Galaxy Note which will have, from what we’ve heard, the innards of a Galaxy S III, and a slightly larger display.
Now, we’ve heard that display on the new Galaxy Note won’t just be slightly larger, it may just be flexible as well. Check out the details after the jump.
The news comes in the form of a report “AMOLED: The Next Generation Display Technology” published by KoreanITTimes in which they discuss, well, the merits of AMOLED over LCDs. In one part of the report, they claim that the Galaxy Note II uses a 5.5” flexible display – presumably based on Super AMOLED HD technology – which offers enhanced durability and reduced thickness.
This isn’t one of those super-bendy flexible displays that are often shown at technology shows. Those are reserved for the future where gadgets are visualized as wearable accessories. The flexible display on the Galaxy Note II could possibly be manufactured using a special material that will protect your display from heavy falls, bumps and scratches – the usual things a smartphone display faces today.
It is absolutely confirmed that we will see the next Galaxy Note at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event that is scheduled for August 29th in Berlin, Germany. Just a couple of weeks before the strongly rumored and unofficially confirmed announcement date of the sixth-generation iPhone on September 12th.
I personally am not a big fan of the Galaxy Note. Yes, yes, it has a lovely display that makes typing easier and watching videos on the go a lot easier on the eyes, but it’s just too big. After using the iPhone 4S with a 3.5” Retina display, I find anything above 4.3” to be unnecessarily huge and simply uncomfortable to use with one hand.
But that’s just my opinion. I’m pretty sure that many people out there prefer the opposite, a larger screen over a smaller one.