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Samsung’s next foldable smartphone design could be completely different

The launch of Samsung’s first foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, didn’t quite go according to plan. The company was forced to delay its launch after several review units were reported to be faulty. Samsung took back all of the review units and is now preparing for its release after making some improvements.

The in-folding design isn’t the only one Samsung has considered for foldable smartphones. It has also considered the idea of an out-folding device as evidenced by a newly published patent, which was originally filed in the US towards the end of last year and in Korea in December 2015. The Galaxy Fold is an inward folding smartphone which warrants a secondary cover display for use when the device is folded.

Samsung patents an out-folding smartphone

Samsung is already said to be working on two new foldable smartphones. One of them will have a clamshell-like vertically folding design, while the other will fold outwards. Samsung reportedly created outward folding prototypes since it was one of the designs shortlisted for the Galaxy Fold.

The patent describes the device to consist of a flexible display mounted on two separate cases joined by a hinge with a sliding mechanism. On folding, the slide cover slides along a rail groove allowing the display to fold outwards evenly. There’s also a locking unit to keep the display firm when the device is unfolded. It is, however, worth noting that Samsung may well opt for a different folding mechanism for its out-folding smartphone.

We’ve already seen what a foldable smartphone can bring to the table with the first generation Galaxy Fold. And it’s only a matter of time before we see more of them. Samsung may very well expand the lineup to include both in-folding and out-folding designs.

  • Model: SM-F900F
  • Dimensions: Unfolded: 160.9 x 117.9 x 6.9 mm Folded: 160.9 x 62.9 x 15.5 mm
  • Display: 7,3" (185.4mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Camera: 16 MP, CMOS F2.2 & 12MP, CMOS F1.5/F2.4Wide & 12MP, CMOS F2.4 Telephoto

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locarno
locarno

Huawei is died so Samsung is the only manufacturer with Foldable smartphone.

locarno
locarno

This is just patent and this don’t mean that we see this as real product in the future.

locarno
locarno

“Samsung may very well expand the lineup to include both in-folding and out-folding designs.”

But what about price ?

locarno
locarno

“Samsung reportedly created outward folding prototypes”

I want to see this prototypes.

Biransahin
Biransahin

I’m not sure about outward folding screens. They’re very soft and scratch too easily. I know Samsung lodge thousands of patents and of course very few make it to production. I think we’ll see the complaints about scratched screens on the new Huawei phone for example.

PookiePrancer
PookiePrancer

That, and uneven pressure on the screen every time it’s closed and opened is bound to cause problems.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

So it will be a copy of the Huawei mate X lol

Biransahin
Biransahin

It’s only a patent. Samsung lodges something like 30,000 patents every year.

gomezo
gomezo

If it was the copy of something it wouldn’t be in a patent, and by the way, it’s a patent from 2015.

aroutis
aroutis

I believe huawei won’t exist within the year