Fresh Samsung patent reveals advanced foldable phone design

It’s no secret Samsung has been working on a truly foldable phone for, well, ages. An unusually recent patent application reveals just such a device, in what seems to be an advanced stage of development.

Unlike most design patent applications, which are sometimes years old at the time of publication, the one published today was filed merely two weeks ago, giving us a very up-to-date look at what Samsung’s R&D department is up to. In between a myriad of technical details, two images show a phone that is a step or two past the general concept stage.

Almost a year ago, we exclusively confirmed Samsung was working on a foldable device codenamed Project Valley with dual displays. That device was originally set to be released early this year in several European countries and South Korea, carrying modelcode SM-G929. Needless to say it never made it to market.

However, more recent rumors stated Samsung is still on track to release a foldable phone in the second half of 2016. We believe this is a different device from the one rumored last year, and the new images clearly show a phone with a single, large display as opposed to the dual display setup believed to be part of the original plans.

Of course, as with all design patents, there is no way to tell if and when the device shown makes it to the marketplace. Still, the fast publication of this application could suggest Samsung is in a rush to patent its current technology and designs. The second half of 2016 isn’t all that far away, after all. And at least, these designs give us an interesting glimpse into what is currently cooking in Samsung’s kitchen.

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A Sweaty Womble
8 months 11 days ago

I don’t quite understand why they keep applying for patents like this… Why can’t they just place the flexible panels inside all of their flagship phones? That would make for a really tough phone! The display would NEVER break! I have seen the flexible panels in action and you can pound it really hard with a hammer and even cut it. The bit still attached to the motherboard works just as before without any issues and the hammer does nothing to it.

All they would have to do then is either start fabricating “perfect” glass that is extremely tough and would not break unless you shot it, which is possible right now but so expensive that it really isn’t worth it, or do what Motorola has done with their Droid Turbo 2 and use a very strong polymer to shield the screen rather than glass. That way, it is cheaper to make and is very durable.

Although you can still scratch and dent the polymer screen, it won’t crack or shatter like glass, so I think it is a perfectly viable trade-off. I have never hit my phone with a hammer or any heavy object. I have only ever dropped my phone on the floor once or twice, even then the glass never touched the floor because of my case and glass screen protector.

TheRealDroidFan
8 months 11 days ago

Maybe this is the reason for no large screened edge handset outside of the regular s7 edge

 
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