We recently informed you of a patent that Samsung received for a phone with a retractable display. This will let the user extract a smartphone from both sides and turn the device into a tablet. The screen would have been extended, connected to the tracks that would allow it to expand. Now, Samsung has received a patent from the Korea Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) for another phone that becomes a tablet, this time using a hidden screen that is extracted from the right side of the device when needed. Samsung filed the patent application at the end of 2018 and was granted in May.
Samsung has received a design patent, so we can’t go into details and tell you exactly how it will work. All we know is that removing the hidden screen increases the screen size by 50%. Therefore, a 6-inch smartphone can become a 9-inch tablet. The illustrations of the patent application and the renderings show that the hidden screen moves on a track or on some grooves to be able to open and close.
Furthermore, they do not seem to show any separation between the two screens when they come together to form a display larger than the size of a tablet. The way this is done remains a mystery for now. You may have noticed the punch-hole cameras that appear at the front of the screen.
This is a completely different form than the Samsung Galaxy Fold. The last one, the first folding phone of a major manufacturer, will be launched on April 26th. But four days before the scheduled shipping date, Samsung delayed the launch. The story, well documented at this point, began with some influential people who did not pay attention to a warning that Samsung included with the Galaxy Fold review units. A group of these people started removing a plastic film from the internal screen like a person when buying a new smartphone. However, this damaged the large 7.3-inch screen in the Galaxy Fold. Furthermore, at least one influencer had debris in his review unit through an opening. This caused a bulge on the internal screen. Others simply made sure that their Galaxy Fold stopped working without rhyme or reason.
Prices Should Fall Before Most People Consider Buying A Foldable Phone
Pre-orders have been canceled and the funds have been returned to the customers of AT&T and Best Buy. Samsung’s pre-orders have also been canceled, except for those customers who have specifically requested to remain in the queue. Only a few days ago, we showed you a practical photo of the new folding design. Reportedly, Samsung has inserted the protective film into the case so that it cannot be detached and has blocked the gap in the hinges to prevent unwanted material from entering the phone through this route. However, Samsung has yet to announce a new pre-order period and new release date.
After the release of the Galaxy Fold, we should see the beginning of the Huawei Mate X shipment. Unlike the Samsung phone, which closes inwards, the Mate X closes and could be launched in September. Despite the problems encountered by Sammy, other manufacturers seem eager to join in the fun. Earlier this month, we broadcast a report stating that Sony is working on a collapsible screen that uses the same type of retractable screen that we said Samsung had patented at the beginning of this story. And it is said that Apple is working on a foldable iPad.
However, with the Galaxy Fold priced at $ 1,980 and the Mate X labeled for the equivalent of $ 2,600, prices should fall drastically before the average Joe can consider buying a phone in this category.
(Via: LetsGo Digital)
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