Last week Patently Mobile posted a report titled "Samsung Invents a New Kind of Flexible Foldable Display that they refer to as the 'Variable Curvature Display.' That same day Samsung was also awarded a series of smartphone design patents. In total our report illustrates three Samsung smartphone design patents.
Below is photo of Lenovo's fold-out smartphone prototype. We're seeing the backside of this smartphone with an equal size display viewable on the front or flipside. When opened you're left with a very wide display for watching videos, movies, television shows and playing games. Some companies will prefer fold-out as opposed to Fold-in, but it's likely to be a trend to watch for in the 2018-2019 time frame. Some think sooner.
Last week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a design patent of Samsung's revealing a fold-out smartphone design as noted below.
In December Patently Apple posted a report titled "A Leading Supplier of Foldable Display Technology Confirms Five Tech Companies are Testing Foldable Smartphones." The five covered Lenovo, Microsoft, Google, Apple and Samsung. Samsung more specifically has been working on such designs for close to a decade now. Last week's granted patent was the first fold-out design that we've come across for Samsung to date.
Possible New Galaxy S Designs
A second design patent noted above was granted to Samsung last week which appears to be an odd mix of dual edge Galaxy 7 with a Galaxy S5 Neo-like backside. Whether this is a design that's on the way or just one of many designs that Samsung's engineers are toying with is unknown at this time.
And lastly, Samsung's third smartphone design of interest noted below illustrates that the backside of this smartphone has curved edges matching the front side design.
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