Samsung patent application shows phone unfolding to become a tablet

Samsung patent application shows phone unfolding to become a tablet
A patent application made by Samsung to the USPTO has been released by the agency today, revealing a smartphone that folds to turn into a tablet. Back in May, it was reported that the manufacturer is working on a folding phone that has been named "Project Valley." The phone was reportedly given model number SM-G929F, which puts it one number ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+. The folding Project Valley phone is expected to be sold in South Korea, several European markets (U.K., Germany, Italy, France and Poland) and the Nordic region.

Several configurations of a folding phone were displayed on the patent application, and sketches of the device even include an iPod icon on its home screen. Despite Apple and Samsung having a contentious relationship when it comes to protecting their own patents, Samsung does make several critical components for Apple's mobile devices.

The patent, titled Foldable Device and Method Of Controlling The Same, was submitted to the USPTO on May 26th, 2015. Some questions about the patent remain. For example, it isn't clear if the device closes with the two screens touching each other or whether the two halves of the back are touching when the device is closed, leaving the screens exposed.


source: USPTO via VentureBeat

FEATURED VIDEO

19 Comments

1. legiloca

Posts: 1674; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

All I can say is good luck to whoever that 3rd party phone/tablet case manufacturer figuring out how to cover this hybrid beast.

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Maybe that'll be a feature; the unbreakeable SmartPhone.

2. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

if the device has 2X the area in the OPEN STATE, I hope the put 2X or close to 2X the battery capacity. This could work out to having a phone with the battery capacity of a tablet and having a small tablet available to unfold when needed. I would seriously consider buying such product, even if it's a bit thicker than current paper thin phones

5. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

My dude, phones like this is exactly why phones keep getting thinner.

8. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

We know. But sacrificing its durability just to bend?

14. AlikMalix unregistered

say that to iPhone 6s...

3. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Poor apple have only just put 4K recording on there devices loool

4. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Cluelessness

6. FluffyBled unregistered

Bring it f*cking on already ... we're tired of seeing patents only, that's so Apple-ish!

7. 7a6d3e7

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

How is the screen in front of the hinged part protected with glass.

9. contender

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 30, 2015

this will fail as other Samsung products

10. Jason2k13

Posts: 1445; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

you made this account today just to say that?

17. contender

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 30, 2015

Not really i just hate samsung products I've had samsung products for many years but I grew tired of touch wiz but now I have seen the true light that apple has shined upon once you go apple you don't go back

18. Joulukas

Posts: 107; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

Isn't that wrong, I packed my iPhone back to box after just a week, totally useless! I might try again with iOS11-12, but they have sure long way to go still. Secondly, your hate for touchwiz is the clear sign that samsung products will fail? Yes, you are right, TouchWiz is the only samsung product and it clearly shows that every other product will fail. You better hope, that Apple wont go using them OLED screens, which are samsung products, since by your definition, the new iPhone will fail!

12. ososucre

Posts: 25; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

I guess you are Tim Cook

13. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

can you please stay burried

15. AlikMalix unregistered

contenter, your attempt at sounding like a stupid iFan failed.. everyone knows you're one of the trolls that hate apple for absolutely no reason and for odd reason hate apple users to attempt to make them look stupid... You need to find licensed psychiatrist and a hobby...

16. contender

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 30, 2015

I need to find a hobby? Lol so I guess yours is responding and getting butthurt to comments on phone arena I am a apple loyalists I need to find a hobby but you've commented on 3,382 post your just Another peasant who has not seen the the true light of apple it is not too late to join us don't be a keyboard warrior be a apple specialist application are now available

19. zakijesk

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

really you made a church for apple

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.