Samsung patent depicts how a 5" fold-out Galaxy X would turn into a 7" tablet

Samsung has been rumored to work on a foldable phone ever since it took the stage at the 2013 CES expo and announced the branding of its YOUM department for bendable AMOLED displays. Even back then, it had a few fold-in prototypes to show, and has been working on mastering the crease that results when you fold the display, so as the picture doesn't deteriorate there when the display is unfurled.

Last August, however, it reportedly switched gears to fold-out device prototyping, as it deemed fold-in to be impractical for daily use, since you would have to unfold your device each time you need to check on a notification, for instance. Ever since, Samsung has allegedly been crafting a 5" Galaxy X phone that can unfurl into a 7" tablet, preparing it for an eventual commercial launch. The release date was speculated to be Q3 2017, but issues with management reshuffle and political turmoil in Korea are affecting Samsung's decision making process, so the foldable phone may not hit the shelves before 2018 rolls in

How exactly would such 5"-into-7" mechanics work? Well, the freshest Samsung patent filing gives us a hint - it depicts an evidently thin device that, when folded, looks like a regular phone, complete with the home button underneath the display, the earpiece and sensors above, and a rear camera on the other end. When rotated around a hinge, however, the screen area on the back straightens up with the one in the front to make one large uninterrupted display canvas, and the rear camera goes to the front, while the home button stays down left. Looks pretty svelte, and we really hope this one becomes reality sooner rather than later, for the sake of all those avid multimedia consumers who want to leave their tablets at home while traveling.

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15 Comments

1. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

MS has a neat patent on a foldable.

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

It isn't exactly same as this Samsung patent, though.

3. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Not quite the 3 screens folding is a bit different. But all these patents are actually for the hinge mechanisms that allow the folding to happen. Just like the Lenovo Yoga has one of the best hinges in the 2-in-1 laptop market some company will create a great one for the tablet/phone hybrids. I think MS has more play room because their OS is built to scale better.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"I think MS has more play room because their OS is built to scale better." It scales better than the Android OS? I do not think so.

12. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Run an android app on a big screen. It is sized like a normal phone app. Run an android app in chrome OS it is sized like a mirroed app. Android tablets have separate apps to phone. Not sure you understand what scaling is?

6. kamejoko

Posts: 252; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

No, win10m still stupid for ui and application support. You can test and will see many bug on UI windows 10 mobile.http://www.androidauthority.com/samsungs-foldable-tablet-patent-615933/

10. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Windows 10 Desktop. (As long as you exclude 4K)

13. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

It would be running Windows 10 on ARM, not windows mobile.

5. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Apple have best patent on a foldable. ROTFL Guys when will you grow up, to understand that that those Apple's and MS ''patents'' are BS.? That can only happen in US. How TH can you patent something, when you have not the technology of the folding displays, and have no idea how it works? Some kid's drawings ? LOL Samsung have the tech, R&D, innovations there and their patent is valid. Apple and MS make this ''patents'' , so when Samsung comes with the product, they to say: See, we've been working on same too, so we'll not pay Samsung royalty if one day we could make foldable devices. And the media will advocate for them. Pathetic and disgusting..

7. kamejoko

Posts: 252; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

Sure! we only see on real curve display on samsung first and then other will buy panel or copy from samsung. http://www.androidauthority.com/samsungs-foldable-tablet-patent-615933/

11. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2359; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Except for the fact that flexible displays were already made in both patents and in an actual real life concept form prior to Samsung showcasing their flexible displays. HP and Arizona State University actually had a giant facility that they dedicated to working on flexible displays starting in 2005 (and to this day ASU is still working on the technology with the Army). In 2008, Nokia had the Morph concept phone which used a flexible OLED display. And in May 2010 (months before Samsung introduced their flex display) Sony had showed a flexible OLED television display.

15. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Whatever you say, but MS and Apple have nothing do with it. Right?

14. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Samsung(13.3billion) and MS(10.1billion) r&D are very close. However, Samsung spends a lot of R&d on things like appliances. MS has turned out some amazing things that just were never brought to consumers. They have one of the best R&D out there. They had tablets so long ago but you can't do much when your software isn't consumer friendly. HoloLens is just a showcase of what they are capable of. There are companies that deal strictly with this stuff that MS beat to the punch.

9. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Multiple sclerosis? I highly doubt that.

8. xCyborg

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

It has to have the S Pen I don't care.

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