Samsung files a patent of a phone with a sideways folding display

Samsung files a patent of a phone with a sideways folding display

Samsung’s latest patent is quite a unique one. LetsGoDigitial and Concept Creator in images showcased the Korean giant’s latest L-shaped smartphone. The patent (filed with WIPO) features a folding display that opens sideways, and this portion of the display folds towards the side and to the back of the device when in the “closed” position.

The phone kind of reminds us of the LG Wing. The secondary display of the Wing was used to sometimes open secondary apps in a smaller window, or to display additional information while playing games or watching videos. This unannounced Samsung smartphone could be used while holding it upright or sideways, with the auxiliary display “flap” opening to the left or top respectively.

Since the display folds backwards, this portion of the display could potentially be used as a viewfinder for the rear cameras. The patent drawings show a triple camera setup and LED flash, but there’s no details about the hardware.

Information included in the patent about the device reveals a two-part battery, and that the folding display would be made of Samsung’s UTG (Ultra Thin Glass), the same protective layer used on Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3.

One of the challenges with a design like this would be positioning the folding hinge on the inside of the device, with the display wrapped around it. Samsung has never worked on an outward folding hinge before. Furthermore, the hinge takes up considerable space – perhaps the reason for the dual-battery setup.

Tech brands file patents for devices that never actually hit the production line. What remains to be seen is whether Samsung will ever launch this device with L-shaped design will see the light of the day.

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