According to reports, Samsung filed patents for 10 new foldable phone designs. These include smartphones with drop-down, drop-down and slide-out screens. The patents are representative of Samsung’s vision for the future of foldable phones. Apparently, Apple was the first to report on these new patents published by the World Intellectual Property Organization. Recently, Samsung filed 10 other patentsbringing the total to 20.
The Korean tech giant is already dominating the foldable smartphone segment with its Fold and Flip series of smartphones. And these patents indicate that the brand is serious about taking its folding game to the next level. Samsung may be planning to launch sliding foldable phones soon. The company showed off a prototype multi-roller phone in May, adding more weight to its plans to launch a slider-style phone. While patents don’t always translate to actual products, they do offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what might happen in the future.
For these latest patents, there are a few things that stand out. One of the patents (seen above) shows a device with a standard smartphone-like body. However, one end extends to turn the device into a small tablet. It’s the same general idea of a phone as the Z Fold 4, but it achieves the phone/tablet hybrid with a different design.
Another patent reveals what this type of roller would look like from the back (above). Here we see that the back is separated into two sections, with the roll-up screen connecting them in the middle. It looks like it could introduce a whole host of durability issues, but it’s always exciting to see Samsung play around with other form factors like this.
SamMobile recently revealed a concept design of Samsung’s alleged rollable screen phone in collaboration with Jermaine Smit, popularly known as Concept Creator. The concept gives us a representation of what Samsung’s future rollable phone could look like. In the image, we can see a phone with a screen that wraps around the back panel. There’s a thick bar on the right side of the screen that appears to house the rear camera module. We assume the screen would roll out horizontally like one of TCL’s rollable screen concepts.
Samsung hasn’t announced any details on its upcoming slider phones yet, and it’s likely to be some time before that changes. We expect Samsung to continue its foldable family with the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 later this year. However, the release of a sliding phone seems to be a long way off.
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