With the Samsung Galaxy Fold in limbo right now, the folding phone is far from the most ambitious smartphone design that Samsung has come up with to create. A patent received last month from the South Korean manufacturer revealed a phone that adds space to the screen and enlarges the screen size by showing additional real estate space when needed. We still have many years for something similar to reach the market.
Last month, another patent received by Samsung was recently published by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The patent covers a phone that is extracted from each side; when this is done, more real estate space is displayed on the screen from the side shell that turns the phone into a tablet. The screen can expand up to 3 times its size when converted from a phone to a tablet, relying on a motorized rolling mechanism to extend the screen and bring it back into the case. The edges of the frame can be used as a socket and the flexible screen moves on rails that help support it. When the device closes and returns to the size of the phone, there are slots that come together to make the unit solid and quite stable.
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The patent is titled as Display Device and the implementation of the device seen in the patent will require much more work in real life to see if such a product can be made. In addition to requiring a type of smartphone display that has not yet been mass produced, the case is too thin to hold any type of battery which also explains the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack on the sketches that accompany the patent. And there is also the possibility that dust or debris can enter the mechanical parts of the product and glue the work. In fact, this was one of the problems that forced Samsung to delay the launch of the Galaxy Fold. An influencer had dirt or dust on the device through space at the top or bottom of the hinge; these remains have left a prominence on the internal screen. According to reports, Samsung has reduced the gaps in the zipper to prevent this from happening again.
In 2016, Samsung showed a prototype that appears to be somewhat similar to the device shown in the patent. When fully extended, the AMOLED screen measures 5.7 inches and has an FHD resolution of 1080p. Although the prototype screen is only 0.3 mm thick, this does not include the additional layer needed to convert it to a touch screen.
The folding segment of the smartphone market began when the Royale FlexPai was introduced last year. But the real fireworks should have started on April 26, when the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Fold was expected. However, a few days before the launch, Samsung interrupted the celebrations after several influencers ignored a Samsung warning and damaged their review units by removing what they thought was a protective film on the internal screen.
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Other problems have been discovered and reportedly Samsung has worked to correct them. Advance orders placed by AT&T and Best Buy have been canceled. Unless its customers explicitly say so, Samsung has also canceled bookings for the folding phone. We may not see Samsung launch the Galaxy Fold until August as soon as possible. And the Huawei Mate X, originally planned for this summer, has been postponed until September.
(Via: LetsGo Digital)
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