Here is what Samsung's upcoming foldable smartphone may look like


It's pretty clear that, if nothing wrong happens, Samsung will launch its first ever foldable smartphone. It will probably be available in limited quantities, but it will be the first step to mass production.

The South Korean company filed at least half a dozen patents that contain schematics of what appear to be foldable phones. The last one dates from this week and may give us a clue as to where Samsung wants to go with this so-called “foldable smartphone.”

The new concept looks slightly sleeker than the previous images we've seen, probably due to the fact that the display runs all the way to the back of the smartphone. It very much looks like a phone with two displays, with a second one that's used to show app icons, notifications, and other relevant info.


However, in this case, the “secondary screen” is much bigger and may probably be used for more than just shortcuts and notifications. The display is rounded 180-degree on the side of the phone and doesn't even give you the impression that it would be split in two. In fact, maybe it's just a single massive display that's used for different purposes.

source: USPTO via LetsGoDigital (translated)

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17 Comments

1. turk_az

Posts: 75; Member since: May 11, 2012

this one is much more practical and looks better, if they can reduce the top and bottom bezels that would make it a killer phone.

10. rdvn26

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 04, 2017

they will sure... But as a new phone they focus on marketing maybe after new versions will have thinner bezels

2. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Souding like merely a permanent edge panel...but we'll see how it actually turns out.

3. MrAnonymous

Posts: 94; Member since: May 25, 2014

phone mode and tablet mode

4. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Wtf. That seems like a nightmare to not break

8. Peacetoall unregistered

Yeah just like iphone 6 Bendgate#

11. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

That is notch true!

5. gamehead unregistered

Cant wait for a reveal. Samsung is gonna show the world how to unveil a 10th anniversary phone.

6. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I am really happy your pants are wet already over this. But I doubt it is gonna be replacing any flagship devices anytime soon.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And we're really happy your's are in a knot. It won't be replacing them immediately, but it will be showing the way of the future. Initially, it won't have much availability.

9. Peacetoall unregistered

his pants are wet because of your salty tears

13. Cat97

Posts: 1861; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Ok, so tell me one good scenario in which this configuration is useful. It's just a technology showcase with no practical use.

14. KIANO

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 13, 2011

Tablet killer! Phone mode then tablet mode. Soon foldable phones may obliterate the purpose of having a dedicated tablet. Unless it challenges for a real estate screen potential for artwork or design purposes, tablets remain to stay until time can tell.

15. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Seriously? I can have a phone size phone for every day use, that expands to tablet size for media. It's the most useful new tech for a phone in many years.

16. odachek

Posts: 117; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Great idea to make tablet screen ratio normal from phone screen ratio. To make it premium feel, hope they will just only make the hinge part plastic to fold but the rest are glass screen.

17. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

Watch in 2019 Apple makes a foldable phone and says they were first

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