Samsung may not have got off to a good start with its first foldable smartphone, but it seems that it has yet another flexible display idea to fall back on. Let & # 39; s Go Digital (through Gizmodo) recently dug up a Samsung patent for a roll-up smartphone screen, and if you think the Galaxy Fold looks weird, wait until you get a load of this.
The patent shows a device that can apparently be used as a regular phone, with something like a 16: 9 screen. However, the user would also be able to roll out the screen, tucked away in the body of the phone, to enlarge the area – possibly a few centimeters or so.
The upper part of the screen, which looks like it contains a ring with typical smartphone sensors, would slide up to accommodate the extra screen area.
This is more than just a typical-looking smartphone with a hidden sliding mechanism; it seems that extra space is needed in the lower half of the unit to facilitate the rolling mechanism, where the telephone would be thickest. It is unclear exactly how the unit would move – through an automatic system or by manually scrolling up the screen – or what the device could do.
It may offer the same benefit as the Galaxy Fold: a smart device with a small form factor that can be expanded for extra functionality. The Galaxy Roll, as we call the potential phone, could maintain a pocket-friendly size while it is retracted, while providing a better media browser and multitasking experience when expanded.
Lets Go Digital notes only that the retractor is patented, not the exterior design of the smartphone; it can look completely different if it ever went into production.
Any other interesting facts?
We come across many patent applications for smartphones, but what is interesting about this is how recent it is. According to Let & # 39; s Go Digital, the patent was only filed at the end of last year at the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO): November 28, 2018.
This was after Samsung showed the Galaxy Fold for the first time – presumably, years after Samsung first started to develop it. This suggests that Samsung already understood the viability of such a flexible display device and still believed that the patent could be fruitful. Perhaps what it has learned through the development of the Galaxy Fold is even more confident about such a product.
That said, patents don't mean proof of upcoming phones; tech companies produce thousands of them, and we saw many fold-out phone patents before the Galaxy Fold was announced. Nevertheless, the Galaxy Fold was finally announced, so who knows what the future means for this product.
Do you think this Galaxy Roll concept looks better than the Galaxy Fold? Let me know in the comments.