Galaxy Z Fold Note concept explores unusual hybrid design with S Pen

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Last updated: October 5th, 2021 at 16:13 UTC+02:00

A new Galaxy Z Fold concept emerged recently from the realm of ambitious designs that might never become a reality. It has a foldable external display that wraps around the hinge and a dedicated S Pen slot. It looks nothing like the ongoing Galaxy Z Fold 3 or the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, but it tries to combine both worlds in an unusual manner.

The design was created by Technizo Concept from a handful of sketches discovered by LetsGoDigital in a patent application forwarded by Samsung. By the looks of it, the so-called Galaxy Z Fold Note uses a single foldable exterior display instead of a dual-display configuration.

One of the most impractical Galaxy Z Fold concept designs yet

This leads to some unusual design cues, such as the rear display, which is extremely narrow even compared to the Z Fold 3’s cover display. It looks more like an afterthought, but it does contribute to a larger, tablet-like display when unfolded.

This S Pen slot is not easily accessible, or more specifically, it’s not accessible at all when the Galaxy Z Fold Note is folded shut. It’s sandwiched between the two sides of the phone and can only be removed after unfolding the device. In essence, this implies that the S Pen is meant primarily for unfolded use cases and that the S Pen user experience was not fully optimized for the folded form factor.

Thankfully, this design is based on a patent application that was filed last year, and as with many other patents, this one might not reflect Samsung’s actual plans for the foldable market at all. It might be just a rough concept Samsung was exploring at one point, or who knows?! It could be the next-gen Galaxy Z Fold-Note hybrid not many people are waiting for. We wouldn’t hold our breath for the latter.

What are your thoughts on this concept? Should Samsung explore this type of foldable design further? Comment below.

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