A foldable Samsung tablet pops up in a patent

A foldable Samsung tablet pops up in a patent
It's no secret that display tech is one of Samsung's main research focuses in recent years. We've already seen prototypes of flexible and foldable displays, and, of course, we've seen two fine Samsung phone models witch curved displays – those being the Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy S6 edge. There have been rumors that the company is working on foldable devices, which would be able to switch from mini tablets to much larger counterparts with just a flip – sort of like a book. These were reinforced by patent leaks, which showed illustrations of the would-be devices.

Well, we are pretty sure that it will be quite some time before such tech is ready for mass production, but it seems that Sammy has more than one design patent of such a device. While what we've seen before was a book-like tablet, with the two halves of the screen folding up against one another, this new leak shows a much more futuristic-looking gizmo. Looking a bit like a Galaxy Note Edge, with a slant on the right side of its display, the device, which appears to be a tablet, can unfold in three sheets that presumably form one large screen.

Of course, the fact that it's a patent doesn't necessarily mean that we will be seeing it in the near future, or ever, as we've seen a lot of patented gizmos or ideas that never seem to see the light of day. Still, we are pretty sure that Samsung is seriously considering the idea of building some type of foldable device.


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15 Comments

1. drunkenjay

Posts: 1700; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

looks interesting.

8. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Wake me up when it's available. Or my grandson if I'm not available anymore.

11. maherk

Posts: 7005; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Same was said about the Note Edge, yrt Samsung was able to deliver in less than 2 years after showcasing the prototype. This is Samsung not Apple, they work on their patents and make sure to bring them to the mass, not wait for others to work on them and then take them to Amrican courts.

12. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Apple has all the other OEM's develop new & fresh things. Then if something is only a success then Apple implements it & calls it their own. +1

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I couldnt have said it better. Microsoft's Carrier idea was good, they should have pursued it. Now that Samsung has bendable displays, they could make a seamless display that would be one wide screen when in tablet mode and be like a book when you fold it. Make it a dual QHD display and a huge 3500MAH battery in both sides and it could be the best thing ever! I mean a dual 5.5 QHD display that can combine and give me an 11" tablet would be frikkin awesome.

10. waddup121 unregistered

If apple did this, sh*t wouldn't exist the day after you see this patent lol

13. michaelny2001

Posts: 343; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

yeah, kinda hoping it opens up into a 32 inch screen. Imagine that...

2. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

thats the way Sammy... keep pushing the tech

3. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Sammy should make a tablet that looks like that even not yet foldable. loving the design

4. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

looks awesome....wonder when they'll actually make it

6. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Yep. In a year or two.

5. Tricell1991

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

And then china smartphone\tablet will do the same :p :p :p

7. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

And Apple sues for infringing on the folding feature of their 6 Plus.

9. FluffyBled unregistered

Well ... since it only bends i think sammy is still one step ahead :P

14. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"we've seen two fine Samsung phone models witch curved displays..." -Paul K. (PA) Aside from the ubiquitous grammatical errors in PA articles, the use of the word "witch" in this context is a first.

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