The folding phone is probably considered the next holy grail for tech companies. Rumors have swirled for years about a potential device, and numerous patents have also been filed. currently some new sketches of a Samsung phone that’s foldable have surfaced on-line. The patent drawings were submitted by Samsung electronics to the Korean intellectual property office earlier in the week, as spotted by LetsGoDigital. The title of the patent filing roughly translates to “flexible device.”
The sketches of the model show a clamshell style, with a bulky hinge that leaves a radius for the display to bend without snapping or creasing. LetsGoDigital notes that the device has 2 displays, one of that is flexible and might be folded from one side. The hinge itself is quite similar in design to the one on the Surface Book. The patent is also kind of like one filed last Nov, so the display might work by folding down within the middle. Another screen on the outside could be visible when it’s folded like an old-school flip phone.
The result probably isn’t as elegant because it could be, like for example, if the phone could close fully. the bulk of the phone when it’s folded is quite noticeable, so easy putting it somewhere like your pocket or a small purse might be cumbersome. Still, it’ll be pretty neat if it does become a workable prototype one day.
Samsung has played around with a hinged foldable device before. A working folding phone actually hitting the market within the near future may still seem like a pipe dream, but Samsung apparently thinks it’s possible.