Samsung patent application reveals a phone made up of two separate screens that attach and detach

Samsung patent application reveals a phone made up of two separate screens that attach and detach
A patent application filed by Samsung reveals a dual screened phone that allows both screens to detach and operate independently of each other. Magnets are used to attach the two screens together. The patent application is named "Electronic device with two display devices and method of operating," and was filed with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) in late June 2018 (via Let's Go Digital, translated). 

The device is actually made up of two distinct smartphones, each with their own processor and housing. Both also are equipped with three magnets that allow the two phones to be attached in several different orientations. One method uses cylinder shaped magnets found in both phones to attach the two devices side-by-side. This would create a device with a larger screen, almost like a foldable phone (except for the frame that appears in between the screens).

When the two screens are attached together, they can act like one giant screen, or each display can act separately. For example, you might be streaming a Netflix movie on both screens, or watch the movie on one screen while texting on the second display. There are also configurations for taking selfies, and for typing emails and texts with a virtual QWERTY keyboard. You can check out images of these setups from the patent application by clicking on the slideshow below.

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5 Comments

1. TangoIndiaMike

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 16, 2017

Wow this is getting interesting....finally some new form factors for 2019!

5. Aploine

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Very interesting really. The only bad is that can't really combine the two screens into one seamlessly

2. OneLove123

Posts: 842; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Two note 10 together would be nice.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 3873; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Not feeling this one....

4. Ichimoku

Posts: 133; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

Axon M with detachable screen

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