Samsung patents bendable phone that can be worn on your wrist

Samsung patents bendable phone that can be worn on your wrist
Smartphones and tablets are two totally different product categories, but with the arrival of foldable devices, soon they could become one. And if a new patent is anything to go by, a similar thing could eventually happen with smartphones and smartwatches.

Unlike the Galaxy Fold which can be folded horizontally, the device Samsung describes in its latest patent can be bent vertically. This is made possible by the flexible display and specially-designed hinge, the latter of which constitutes most of the device’s frame. 

Through this form factor, users would gain access to an extremely tall device which can be used as a regular smartphone whenever necessary. If, on the other hand, the user is on the go and wants a smartwatch-like experience, the device can be wrapped around their wrist by applying a little pressure to the frame.

Due to the flexible design, the device will have the tendency to roll back up again. However, users can prevent this through a special lock mechanism that’s fitted on the back. When pushed down, the smartphone can be used in its unfolded position and won’t automatically curve back. On the other hand, to keep the device in place when rolled up, Samsung describes two magnets (placed on either end of the product) which attract each other and hold the bent position.

The device described also includes an in-display fingerprint scanner, a dual-camera setup on the rear, and what appear to be two selfie snappers. Software that automatically adapts to the chosen form factor should be present too.

Because this is simply a patent at this stage, there’s no guarantee Samsung will ever release such a device. But if it does, it probably won’t happen for a few years. If you are keen on this kind of device, though, ZTE might have you covered. The company recently announced the Nubia Alpha which is essentially a bendable smartwatch that also includes phone functionalities.

Samsung patents bendable phone that can be worn on your wrist

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9 Comments

1. pimpin83z

Posts: 223; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

I'm good on this. Do you know how yoked your left shoulder & bicep have to be to use this on a consistent basis?

2. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

A watch is for the wrist, that would look stupid.

6. Mike88

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

It must be a smart watch actually but I'm seeing this same news from 2-3 years... How can they have the same patent every few months??

9. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1175; Member since: May 01, 2017

You're not fooling anyone. If Samsung were to announce this device, you'd be praising how great it will be

3. Phonehex

Posts: 732; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Good to see Samsung trying out a bunch . They will be so far ahead in a couple of years time that they will have literal monopoly on the foldable segment for a good 3 to 4 years. Others will have the tech but it'll take time to match quantity , quality and scale of Samsung foldable Oled displays.

7. Mike88

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Good ideas but their crap android software won't turn their monopoly into sales.

8. pimpin83z

Posts: 223; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

"...but their crap android software..." Expound.

5. alanrock

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

no headphone jack...to bad...so sad.

10. michaelny2001

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

nah... too much radiation on my wrist... i don't like my phone in my pocket let alone touching my skin. in 5-10 years they will say how bad it is.

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