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Galaxy X foldable smartphone interface possibly revealed by patent

There have been countless reports about Samsung’s foldable smartphone, commonly referred to as the Galaxy X. The company is expected to release this handset at some point next year. We’ve never really seen a glimpse of what the foldable smartphone’s user interface might look like.

A recent patent application from Samsung might possibly offer us our first look at the interface. The patent includes screenshots of a dual-screen interface, possibly taken from a prototype of the Galaxy X.

Galaxy X foldable smartphone

There is no shortage of patents related to Samsung’s foldable smartphone but none have included screenshots like we find in this one.

Titled “Electronic Device Comprising Multiple Display and Method for Controlling Thereof,” the patent gives us an idea of what using a device with two separate displays might feel like visually.

The user interface itself appears to be similar to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7. It can be used in both portrait and landscape modes for different usage scenarios. The screenshots show that it’s possible to have apps and even a recent apps menu on each display.

This interface suggests that the foldable smartphone is going to have two separate panels instead of one continuous display panel. If that is the case, the Galaxy X might look similar to ZTE’s recently launched Axon M foldable smartphone.

Samsung filed this patent back in 2016. It goes without saying that if this device is released next year, the user interface will be more in line with the one we find on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.

Still no word as yet from Samsung on when it’s planning on launching this device.






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ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

Even with Samsung Experience on top of this, the layout doesn’t look nice at all. I’m just struggling to see the use of a foldable phone but that’s what everyone said about the Note 1.

gtone339
gtone339

Need more time to make this right!!

Petsiotis Dimitris
Petsiotis Dimitris

Noo. All this should be one screen that can be bent. What’s the point in calling a phone “foldable” when it is just two separate displays? If they do it like ZTE, then no one is gonna buy it, or better, no one will be excited about it.

santeripe
santeripe

Even though the concept here looks simple, it won’t look dated when it’s released as a finished product. There will be no bezel splitting the two displays when the phone is unfolded, it will really look like a square-shaped tablet that perfectly folds in half to have the aspect ratio of a phone with one display edge. Lenovo has done a similar folding tablet/phone prototype twice already, you can search “Lenovo Folio” on Google images to see it. One thing’s for sure: Samsung isn’t going to create a flimsy phone with compromises like ZTE did, because they’re a huge company,… Read more »

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I struggle to believe that this split screen like dual display will be the foldable Galaxy X. They have been working on for YEARS, and if this IS what they release as is; I will have lost all faith in Samsung. We haven’t been waiting this long for this dated piece of tech in a 2017 skin.

antonmassoud
antonmassoud

It’s probably fake, the UI looks so old

locarno
locarno

Read article first.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Thanks… I never thought to read before I comment(!).. ?

Osensnolf
Osensnolf

You were foolish to ever put your “faith” in a company run by humans.

santeripe
santeripe

How is it a dated piece of tech when nobody has even done it yet? ZTE attempted it with a flimsy phone that has a bezel in the middle ruining the experience, but there hasn’t been a single phone that has a folding OLED display yet, the Galaxy X being the first.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Nintendo DS. The UI split above looks like a glorified DS, like what ZTE have done and others before it. not what I’d expect from a foldable smartphone.