Samsung patents phone design with 21:9 aspect ratio display

Samsung patents a lot of cool-looking stuff, and the latest patent granted to the world’s largest phone manufacturer indicates that it is working on a new phone design that comes with a display that has a 21:9 aspect ratio. That’s an aspect ratio that’s usually used on widescreen TVs, so if this design does make it onto an actual device, Samsung will likely market it as a phone for media (mostly video) consumption, because let’s face it, the display would just be too wide and elongated to be used for much else, at least in the form that’s seen in the patent.

The 21:9 aspect ratio has appeared on a phone in the past, on the LG BL40 New Chocolate, a feature phone that launched way back in 2009 and didn’t exactly sell very well despite the popularity of LG’s Chocolate series of phones. As always, a patented design isn’t guaranteed to show up on a real product, which in this case would actually be a good thing, unless Samsung decides to bring it to market as a tablet instead of a phone. Launching it as a phablet with a larger than 6-inch screen size might also make sense, though it would have to be something special in order to move from store shelves into consumers’ hands.

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3 years 1 month ago

That’s huge….

3 years 1 month ago

I was waiting for this…it will be interesting

3 years 1 month ago

16:9 is the ratio of a widescreen TV, 21:9 ratio is the same as the ‘scope’ ratio used on many feature films (they have a black bar top and bottom on a 16:9 TV).

3 years 1 month ago

If you think about it, Samsung has used physical buttons on phones, so if Samsung were to go to on-screen buttons, this would allow for portrait mode to have the controls be on-screen all the time(which could be hidden if desired), and it gives a “best of both worlds” type of thing. One thing that I don’t like is losing space on screen for what Samsung has offered in the way of dedicated buttons/controls, so that would fix that, and would also provide some sort of stability for those who can’t handle change.

If I am correct, that may be what Samsung has in mind, on-screen buttons without needing to hide what is on the screen to provide them.