Samsung patent details how the foldable Galaxy X may operate

Samsung patent details how the foldable Galaxy X may operate
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As the rumored Galaxy X release date gradually approaches, various reports have revealed details about Samsung’s plans for the foldable smartphone. However, the latest bit of information that hints at how the device could potentially be used comes directly from one of the company’s patents which was granted just twelve days ago, on July 5.

In terms of how Samsung envisions the smartphone, it appears the South Korean company will be treating the two portions of the display as separate panels. Thus, when the smartphone is folded slightly, the bottom portion, which makes up 60% of the total, will be deactivated, leaving just the upper half in operation. This is achieved via a built-in sensor that detects not only when the smartphone is bent, but also the angle and speed at which this has been done, and how long the position has been maintained for. Also, it’s understood that a separate sensor will be able to detect to what extent the user is gripping the rear of the smartphone – when the user is not touching the rear, the display will be able to return to its unbent state automatically. 

Functionality wise, the patents reveal that the top portion of the display will be used primarily to display relevant information to the user whenever the device isn’t in use, although if owners wish to interact, a small amount of pressure on the rear will activate the touch capabilities. Also, if this pressure is maintained, the bottom half of the display will be activated, although it will continue to operate as a separate display. Nevertheless, just like any traditional smartphone, those who purchase the foldable Galaxy X will also be able to use the display as one large panel whenever the device is completely unbent.

Considering this is simply a patent, there's no guarantee the Galaxy X will function as described in the filing. However, with the release currently set for January at CES 2019, the brand's most recent patents most likely provide some kind of hint at how the Android device will work.


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12 Comments

1. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 913; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

I was hoping for horizontal folding. So we could have like 2 5.5 inch screens.

5. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Kinda agree. For me, the point of the foldable display is to make a tablet of my phone if I need it.

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I've no use for this form factor, only benefit to my use, it doesn't stick out of pocket like a tall phone. Yay not really when it's just as wide and disrupts a normal sized display usage.

3. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

This could be a game changer, it probably will be regardless, but i'll hold my judgement until i see the finished product from Samsung. I'm definitely looking forward to see what Samsung has been tinkering with, as this will definitely be one of a kind.

10. kiko007

Posts: 7490; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You’re absolutely delusional. This is basically a less convenient flip phone. I highly doubt this is a game changer unless they add something else to the concept to make it more appealing.

12. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Kiko saying someone else is delusional? It couldn't get any more ironic than that. This is a game changer simply because it's vastly different than anything else on the market. You would understand that's what i meant when i typed what i did in the above comment, if you have any ability to comprehend basic english, but you don't. You analyze everything through your Apple glasses, so everytime i say something that isn't negative about Samsung, i'm instantly "delusional", because only Apple can be good in your eyes. I never even praised Samsung in the above comment, and yet you're on my ass already. I literally said i would hold my judgement till i see the finished product: "but i'll hold my judgement until i see the finished product from Samsung"

4. talon95

Posts: 985; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I can't say I want a phone that is twice as thick and half as tall, that I have to open to see the screen. Folding tech is great, I just don't know why I would want it in my phone yet. This doesn't fix any issues for me personally, it more likely creates a bunch.

6. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1793; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I love bleeding edge tech so I will have it no matter how it folds...

7. maku2017

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

it will be a mass hit when it release, and if they done that it will be an innovation that most of the companies will follow

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Probably they'll only sell it for Korean and Japan market, since they love flip phone.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 3872; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Still not feeling it. They will need a compelling story to get me to buy in.

11. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 357; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Seems kinda pointless if it just folds to be more compact. If it folded from a phone into a tablet then that would be interesting.

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