By Stephen Schenck | September 23, 2013 3:58 PM
Back when the Galaxy Note 3 was still all rumors and gossip, we heard about the idea that we could be seeing quite a few different variants on the phablet make it to market this year. Besides the regular AMOLED version we saw launch, there was talk about a premium, limited edition handset with a new flexible display, as well as the idea that there could be a more affordable Note 3 with an LCD panel, and maybe a lower-res camera, too. While we didn’t hear a peep of any of that at the GN3 launch, those rumors have returned to the forefront, suggesting that Samsung might launch that flexible-screened version as soon as next month.
It’s not clear at all if the phone itself would be bendable, but even using a regular old body with this new AMOLED material and its plastic substrate could make the Note 3 lighter and more durable, even if you can’t do anything crazy like folding it in half. In line with those earlier rumors, this model would reportedly see only limited availability.
While we heard about two possible options for an LCD-based Note 3, this new rumor only talks about the lower-end one, dropping the phablet’s 13-megapixel in favor of an eight-megapixel main shooter. Still, that doesn’t sound like a major deal-breaker, and if this really does arrive at a significant discount compared to the AMOLED GN3, it sounds like it might be a big hit in developing markets. This version of the Note 3 might launch sometime in November.