New Samsung patent shows fold-out smartphone design with unique hinge

“The patented foldable phone design uses a hinge that slides out when the phone is folded out, with the main foldable display is placed on the outside”

The US Patent and Trademark Organisation (USPTO) has granted a new patent to Samsung detailing a new fold-out mechanism that offers an entirely different take on the foldable smartphone design. According to the patent, the new design folds outward, instead of the book-like inward folding design that the Samsung Galaxy Fold comes with. This puts the foldable display on the outside of the phone, which also makes it the primary display of the phone.

In the new patent design, the main chassis of the phone is divided in two separate parts, connected with a sliding joining mechanism, which slide inward to make for a collapsible hinge when the device’s display is folded. This would allow Samsung to use a single, flexible OLED display on a foldable smartphone, instead of needing a second display panel for when the phone is folded. In turn, this may allow foldable phones to reduce manufacturing cost, along with making the devices slimmer.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold, although hyped initially, ran into murky waters prior to its launch. Reports started coming in of the foldable display breaking, when attempts were made to fold it in. The reason for this was revealed to be the removal of a screen protecting film layer, which was apparently supposed to be kept on. However, this led to a subsequent suspension of sales, which was already supposed to have begun by now. Recently, Samsung Mobile’s CEO DJ Koh stated in an interview that the company has resolved the issue of strength and reliability of the foldable display, and the Galaxy Fold’s commercial release date in select markets would be revealed soon.

It is as yet unclear if Samsung aims to use this new, patented foldable design in a new foldable phone or as a future follow-up to the Galaxy Fold. It may also be one of the multiple possibilities that Samsung would be exploring for future foldable phones. With Google having announced integrated support for foldable smartphones, this novel sector is really expected to take off in the next couple of years and Samsung would be looking to cash in on an early mover’s advantage because of its headway with the Galaxy Fold.

Samsung Galaxy Fold Specifications
Octa core (2.84 GHz, Single Core + 2.42 GHz, Tri core + 1.7 GHz, Quad core)
Snapdragon 855
7.3 inches (18.54 cm)
1536x2152 px, 362 PPI
Dynamic AMOLED
12 MP + 12 MP + 16 MP Triple Primary Cameras
LED Flash
10 MP + 8 MP Dual Front Cameras
4380 mAh
Fast Charging
USB Type-C port
Samsung Galaxy Fold Price, Launch Date
Expected Price: Rs. 164,999
Release Date: 31-Oct-2019 (Expected)
Variant: 12 GB RAM / 512 GB internal storage
Phone Status: Upcoming Phone
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