Samsung files patent application for a device sporting a hinged flexible screen

Samsung files patent application for a device sporting a hinged flexible screen
Amid rumors that it will be introducing a foldable smartphone in the third quarter this year, Samsung has filed a patent application with the USPTO for an "electronic device with flexible display." While Samsung has received other patents for foldable or flexible displays, this one uses a hinge to help the device unfold. The application was filed by Samsung on June 9, 2015 under the patent number US 9,557,771 B2.

Not much is known about the foldable devices that Samsung and LG are planning to introduce in the third quarter of this year. Samsung's device is believed to have two screens that fold outward, turning a smartphone into a tablet and vice versa. The screens on LG's device reportedly fold in. Last month, LG received a patent for a foldable smartphone of its own.

You can check out images from Samsung's patent application by clicking on the slideshow below.


source: USPTO via TrendyTechz

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10 Comments

1. Alpha1

Posts: 100; Member since: Jul 06, 2016

Looks like this is getting closer and closer to reality.

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

iPhone 6 would have had no -gates if they had innovated something like this.

3. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Apple needs a real Steve Jobs replacement so that they could innovate again.

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Let's see what they do to iPhone 8. If there's nothing innovative coming from them, they're officially lazy. They should actually do something instead of refining what others have already done. And maybe, earn a little positive credit for themselves.

5. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Apple dont need to innovate at all as much as there is sites like iPhonearena.

7. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

The average consumer doesn't care about innovation. They want the best experience with a product and that's what they believe apple brings. This is why last quarter Apple sold more than in their entire company history. With innovation comes hit or miss. Also there comes teething problems where you have to perfect things. Apple would never release a product unless it was perfect. This is what people have come to expect from them for that premium price.

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

But we're on here no?? Trading tech news...this article is not for the "average consumer"

9. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Sure fair enough, but it seems people use this as something that will be the end of them, but it wont. People have been talking about Apple starting to fail for a long time but the opposite is happening.

10. Psykotik_Dragon

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

they haven't innovated in a VERY long time...they started changing things up when Jobs came back but then went right back to what they were doing when he...left...I haven't seen anything innovative from them in quite a while. I've used that very fact to sell plenty of Samsung devices over the last 3-4 yrs. People want something cool & new, Samsung innovates, even if it ends up failing, while Apple takes what everyone else has done & "refines & improves" it...the only real innovation from them lately has been to remove the AUX port...

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and soon.. apple will make a doodle version of above picture, and send it to USPTO

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