We haven’t even caught official wind regarding what Samsung’s going to announce in just two days and we’re already starting to hear some rumors regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. According to SamMobile, Samsung is undecided on what display panel technology to use for the device. The apparent trade-off with the beautiful OLED-based panels we’re used to (as featured on the Galaxy Note 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S3) is that S-Pen doesn’t work quite as well as it does with LCD (but, in our experience with the Note 2, it doesn’t work too bad either).
For that matter, Samsung is said to be strongly considering going with a super high quality LCD panel from Sharp for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The connection to Sharp fits considering Samsung just bought some stake in the company’s display business. Whatever the case may be, Samsung’s said to be at a crossroad and a decision hasn’t been made either way.
Before you all express your distaste for this unfortunate news, it’s worthy to note that LCD technology has come a long way in just a few short years. It might not offer quite the same dynamic color range, deep blacks and vibrancy as an AMOLED panel, but it’s close enough that those using LCD-based devices these days have no qualms.
We should also note that this particular development is not expected to affect the Samsung Galaxy S4 as the device apparently won’t be stealing the Note 3’s S-Pen thunder. In fact, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is said to be using an AMOLED panel that is 25% more efficient than the one used on the predecessor, something that should do wonders for battery life.