There have been rumors Samsung is looking to knock back the price of screens by switching from OLED to LCD, but this may only be partly true. A new report says Samsung will switch to LCD for their Galaxy Note 3 Lite model, a cheaper variant of the Note.
Samsung will not be cutting back on the size like the traditional cheaper device with the same brand name, instead they will be cutting costs on internals and one will be the 5.68-inch LCD panel. We are not sure how much Samsung is looking to save per unit, but it seems like the huge amount of units will give them a bit of cash-back in the long-term.
The Galaxy Note 3 Lite will be no short peg, Samsung is preparing to develop 500,000 units in January with a further 1,500,000 in February. The company is hoping to grab around 30% of the Galaxy Note 3 sales with the lite version, a rather odd move to differentiate the brand from its high-end roots.
This is even more weird because Samsung has been building the Galaxy Note high-end brand name since the original, putting millions in marketing to make the phablet smartphone seem like a great deal for business users and fans of high-end devices.
We are not sure if Samsung will switch to LCD screens for all their future flagships, our gut says they will not with some of the devices, since they are already very cheap in places like the design. The Galaxy S5 is set to be the first metal device from Samsung in a while and if this is true we will be glad to see the company really bring quality to their devices, no more plastic or faux leather.