Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) has already sent invites for the Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event scheduled on September 3. The company is expected to unveil its Galaxy Note 4 phablet at the event. A new report from Android Authority, citing inside sources, claimed that the Note 4 will hit the shelves on September 15.
This version of Galaxy Note 4 likely to be a limited edition device
What’s more, the Galaxy Note 4 is likely to come with a three-sided display, supply chain sources told ZDNet Korea. That means the sides of the device will also sport a small readable screen. The idea of the Galaxy Note 4 will three-sided display sounds familiar because similar rumors have popped up in the past. But the new report claims that the three-sided screen has already entered a trial production phase.
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Sources said that the Galaxy Note 4 will use a Youm panel, which Samsung showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2013. However, Samsung’s suppliers can produce it in limited quantities. Therefore, even if it hits the market, it will likely be a limited edition device, or it could be launched only in South Korea. The Korean Electronics giant has already said that the Galaxy Note 4 will feature a new form factor.
Can three-sided display version of Galaxy Note 4 shake up the market?
Plus, a new Samsung patent for curved screen popped up earlier this year. Past rumors suggest that the Galaxy Note 4 will come in two variants: one with a regular OLED display and another with a curved or three-side screen. If Samsung launches the three-sided variant, it will be interesting to see whether it takes the market by storm or proves to be nothing more than a gimmick (remember Galaxy Round?). The Galaxy Round was launched last year in a limited edition.
Reports claim that the Korean company has notified its employees worldwide about the “black-out periods for time-off,” from September 3-5 and September 15-28. Looks like Samsung wants to roll out the Galaxy Note 4 as early as possible after the official announcement. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is also expected to launch its much-awaited iPhone 6 just days after the Note 4 announcement. It will be interesting to see which device shakes up the market.