Samsung patent contains cool technology that could debut on the Galaxy S11+

Samsung patent contains cool technology that could debut on the Galaxy S11+
A patent application (with the name "Electronic Device including flexible display") filed in April by Samsung with the World Intellectual Property Organization (via LetsGo Digital) and recently published by WIPO might give us a clue about what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy S11+. The patent reveals a phone sporting a sliding, retractable display with an upper bezel that has completely disappeared. The result is a handset that is nearly all screen in the front except for a thin metal frame at the bottom where the display retracts up and down from.

Sliding the screen downward increases the overall screen size, moves the screen back up, and then reduces the size of the display as it retracts. The retractable display is housed in the back and moves through the bottom to the top of the phone. As the screen is rolled out, there is also a second, smaller display on the back that uses part of the retractable screen. Even when the screen is being rolled out, this second screen is smaller than the one in front. Answering a call could be done by sliding up on the screen.

Part of the patent also deals with an under-display camera that rotates when the screen is rolled out. The selfie camera is located in the lower half of the device. In the back of the phone, a so-called 'through-hole' will allow the lens to capture photos even when the screen is retracted. The patent also covers a dual-camera version of this configuration.

The Huawei P40, expected as soon as the first quarter of next year, could feature an under-display selfie camera, and we have seen both Oppo and Xiaomi show off such technology. The reason for moving the selfie snapper off the top bezel is to increase the screen to body ratio without having to use a pop-up camera, a wedge or even a notch. And with an under-display camera, there is no need to drill a punch hole in the screen.


The retractable screen technology seen in the patent might not be ready for prime time. But LetsGo Digital says that the Galaxy S11+, expected to feature a larger "elongated" display, could use a sliding, retractable screen to achieve that look. And the under-display camera, while still possible for the Galaxy S11+, could also debut on Samsung's second foldable phone due out next April.


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20 Comments

1. Phullofphil

Posts: 1828; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I guess that interesting but not real is full when it can break all the time

23. royman

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 04, 2017

Phones are made of glass now, I think we should be past the fragile-ness and embrace a company actually wanting to provide something new

4. S4NDY

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Every patent for a new design does not mean that it will be used in a future device, probably will never be used.

7. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

They can’t even make the fold screen usable for a long time and now they’re making new.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lots of people are loving their Folds. If you're an adult and take care of your phones there is nothing to worry about.

22. rseifer

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 20, 2015

You're probably right, but I worry immensely when there's an absence of things to worry about.

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

#innovation

11. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 38; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

They'll save it for the S16 & act like it's amazing.

13. shield

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

That's ugly :D Samsung look on ZTE!

16. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 38; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

Or Oppo, Asus, Huwaeii.. Samsung is SOOOO boring & literally does nothing but increments.

19. LiveFaith

Posts: 492; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Interesting design. I would love to have a pocketable phone with a big display. Exciting times ahead.

20. Elabora

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 21, 2019

To those of you who think it is a waste of time, innovation starts with experimentation. Samsung obtained its leading position through innovation and class leading design. And no, sadly I am not working for this formidable company :)

21. tokuzumi

Posts: 1946; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Looks like it would be difficult to have a case with that phone. Hello shattered screen.

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