Samsung foldable tablet gets hinted at in yet another patent

Samsung foldable tablet gets hinted at in yet another patent

After years of speculation, last week Samsung provided the first-ever glimpse at its upcoming foldable smartphone. But if a new patent is anything to go by, the world’s largest smartphone brand may also be developing a foldable tablet.

Although it’s unclear if this will ever make it to production, the device envisioned sports a huge display and a design that utilizes two hinges instead of just one, thus dividing the front panel into three sections. When unfolded completely, the tablet in question resembles any other regular device. If users wish to use a slightly smaller display, though, the can fold the left side of the display behind the rest. This deactivates that portion of the panel and leaves the other two sections active.

In an alternative move to these two options, if users are looking for a smartphone-sized package in any given moment, the right side of the display (which also contains the rear camera) can be folded over. All users then need to do is flip the device over and use the area of the display that is visible.

Samsung itself is pretty confident in the foldable form factor and expects to sell at least one million units of its first foldable smartphone. If the company can indeed achieve this figure, a foldable tablet will be significantly more likely. When it comes to the near-term, though, consumers should expect the company’s focus to be solely on smartphones.

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6 Comments

1. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 174; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

The Foldable Revolution! I like where this is headed !

2. ahmadkun

Posts: 553; Member since: May 02, 2016

Today at work i heard two of the co-workers talking about upgrading thire phones .. i was shoked when i heard one of them saying that he will wait till next year because he wants a foldable phone.. i was shoked because they really don't know or not interested in phones .. maybe Samsung are doing the right thing.

3. JoePhoto

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

But can it make PHONE CALLS ??? And a (quad+) camera (w/ 10X optical-zoom). I don't want to carry "2" items.

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3111; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

That would be the Microsoft Andromeda project.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 3970; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

The foldable phone is beginning to show promise but I don't see it catching on as much on a tablet size starting point. Value isn't the same.

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