Flexible smartphones have been the subject of fruitless chatter for years. But today they're back on the agenda, with Samsung seemingly first in line to bring the technology to market in the form of a bendy screen-toting version of the Note 3.
According to a Samsung spokesperson cited by Chinese site SohuIT, the fresh take on the Note 3 won’t be bendable but will feature a flexi-display that's much more damage-resistant than standard screens.
It’s thought that that the apparently strictly limited-edition smartphone will be marketed as a rugged, toughphone iteration (think: the Activ model of the Galaxy S4) and will be aimed at fans of adventure sports.
Assuming that’s so, expect it to be IP7 certified with water and dustproof fixtures and fittings. Like the S4 Activ, it could also feature a special underwater camera mode that converts volume rocker into a camera button.
News of Samsung’s plans come after stories emerged earlier this week suggesting that s a lower-cost version of the Note 3 is also in the pipeline.
This will apparently swap the top-end version’s Super AMOLED Full HD display for a lower-grade screen and likely pack a less powerful processor.
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