A recent patent shows how Samsung's long-awaited Galaxy X foldable smartphone might work - and there's even a design that folds into thirds
US Patent and Trademark Office
There's long been talk about a foldable smartphone from Samsung, but now there's something tangible that brings a foldable smartphone closer to reality.On May 2, Samsung was granted multiple patents for its foldable smartphone design and the way it'll work.Advertisement
Being granted the patents isn't a guarantee that Samsung is making these devices. Many patented devices never see the light of day. Plus, there would surely be several difficulties for Samsung to overcome with a foldable smartphone.But Samsung has clearly been thinking about and researching the concept, and there's always the chance the design ends up in a real product.
Check out Samsung's ideas for making foldable smartphones:
At first glance, Samsung's foldable smartphone will supposedly look like any other smartphone.
It'll fold right down the middle of the display.Advertisement
You could either have the phone in a split-screen setting, with one app taking up half the display and something else on the other half...
... Or fill up the entire display with a single app.Advertisement
And once you're done with it, you can fold it up.
And you're left with a neat, folded smartphone.Advertisement
A "trifold" smartphone was also detailed in the patents, which looks a lot longer than the regular foldable design.
The trifold design can also fold itself.Advertisement
You can open up a single fold of the smartphone to reveal a third of the display, perhaps to quickly check a notification or message.
The trifold design can be folded so it can support itself and show two of the three display sections.Advertisement
Or it can be folded into a triangular shape to show you a single section of the foldable display while upright.
Check out the ZTE Axon M, a real-life foldable smartphone with two full-size screen that you can actually buy today.Advertisement
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