Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 3 with flex display, full metal SGS5 next year. New ISOCELL camera tech announced

That rumor about Samsung Galaxy Note 3 getting the flexible display next month, we reported yesterday?

Seems it’s not really a rumor. According to Sohu IT, “Asian Daily” got Samsung’s spokesman on the record, stating that Samsung will launch Limited Edition of Galaxy Note 3 with flexible display, next month.

The reports that LG and Samsung are almost ready to start the mass production of flexible displays have been around since the beginning of the year. Most of them pegged flex screen arrival for Q4, so that jibes pretty well with the limited production run in October, to get the first batch of Galaxy Note 3 Limited Edition to market.

But flexibility is not really the key differentiator of the new Samsung displays. While it might be fun to have a smartphone you can bend in various directions, other flexible components like batteries, chips and logic boards, are yet to be developed. The key differentiator of Galaxy Note with flexible screen would be its unbreakability. And that is also very much in line with the pattern of Samsung’s flagship line expansion this year. Only weeks after Galaxy S4 launch, Sammy announced water and dust proof Galaxy S4 Active. Now that they have unbreakable screens ready to ship, shock and water proof Galaxy Note 3 Active would be a  logical addition to their phablet line.

While various new versions Galaxy Note 3 are almost ready for announcement, Samsung is busy developing their next year’s flagship – Galaxy S5. And, rumor has it, they are finally ready to get on the full metal chassis smartphone wave. According to Taipei Times, Samsung is close to final decision to adopt full metal casings for its next generation flagship. It should place the order for 10 to 30 million of them early next year with Taiwanese Catcher – maker of metal bodies for Apple’s iPads, iPhones and HTC’s One.

Now getting out of the rumor territory into the confirmed advances by Samsung, we may soon see way better cameras in their phones. Today Sammy announced that they developed a “ new advanced pixel technology ”, called ISOCELL.


Samsung says it’s the next step in evolution CMOS imagers, after Backlight Illuminated Sensor. For those technically minded among you:

 “ISOCELL technology forms a physical barrier between neighboring pixels – isolating the pixel. This isolation enables more photons to be collected from the micro-lens and absorbed into the correct pixel’s photodiode minimizing undesired electrical crosstalk between pixels and allowing expanded full well capacity (FWC). Compared to conventional BSI pixels, the ISOCELL pixels decrease the crosstalk by approximately 30 percent… increase the full well capacity (FWC) by 30 percent… and  can feature a 20 percent wider chief ray angle (CRA), reducing the height of the camera module.

What it all boils down to- better, more accurate colors, better low light sensitivity and thinner camera modules – are just the things we look for in our smartphone shooters.

Samsung is already sampling the first 8 megapixel imagers with ISOCELL to customers and will start mass producing them in Q4.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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    “What it all boils down to- better, more accurate colors, better low
    light sensitivity and thinner camera modules – are just the things we
    look for in our smartphone shooters.”

    That’s all good, but I would like to see better lenses. Although I don’t think it will be possible, unless one is willing to pay 10K for a phone. Looking at the 808 Pureview and Lumia 1020 resolution chart samples, you can really see how limiting of a factor the lens is, and it gets even worse towards the edges of the image.