Over the years Patently Mobile has filed and archived many Samsung patent reports covering various next-gen smartphone designs that flex, bend or provide multiple displays that fold over like a booklet or pocket Day-Timer. We have two more Samsung patents to record today on that front that came to light over the summer.
The first Samsung invention on this front is a patent application titled "Multiple-Display Based Device under number 20160224304 that presents us with another future dual display Note smartphone that could use the Samsung Pen and be ready to play mobile TV. For fans wanting to dig into all of the rich details, click here.
Samsung's second invention is one that was granted to them by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office back on August 2, 2016 titled "Foldable Display Device."
Samsung's patent FIG. 1 noted above illustrates an embodiment of a display panel of a foldable display device; FIG. 3 illustrates a folded state of the display panel; and FIG. 7 illustrates an example of a top view of the foldable display device.
Although I think that the dual display based Note X smartphone will be a bigger hit than a bendable design over time, Samsung is rumored to now be preparing to deliver a foldable smartphone as early as 2017. The current design, whatever it ends up looking like, is internally called "Project Valley."
Samsung's granted patent 9,406,734 was first filed in the U.S. on January 24, 2014. For those wishing to delve into the details a little deeper could do so by clicking here. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
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