Samsung patent shows image of foldable Galaxy device in full detail

In the past few weeks, the amount of rumors about Samsung's foldable phone undertaking, dubbed Project Valley, reached new heights. Analysts chimed in that the mass production of 6th-gen flexible OLED panels that are needed for such devices would start in the second half of next year at both Samsung and LG, with commercial devices slated for release before next year is out.

There was even a patent filed by Samsung recently that depicts how its bendable phone will look like - an elongated slab with an intriguing Surface Book-style automatic hinge that can fold in the middle to become a flip phone of sorts. That patent was more detailed than anything we had seen before from Samsung on the matter, so the rightful conclusion would be that Samsung could be nearing the end of its idea phase.

Today, a new Samsung patent of one such potential idea has surfaced, dubbed simply Flexible Device. Granted, it has been submitted last year, and just now becomes public, but there might be some hints in it as to where Samsung is heading. The patent filing depicts a foldable device with a hinge mechanism, and both fixed, as well as detachable cameras, which is pretty intriguing. The big camera socket at the rear is apparently allowing to mount different lenses, including what seems like one with optical zoom. 

Even more interesting is a grainy photo of what looks like a dummy or prototype of sorts, though the image is too low-quality to determine. To what extent will these patents translate to a finalized device, remains to be seen, but given that it isn't expected until the second half of 2017, we are certain that there will be enough leaks by then to figure it out.


source: GalaxyClub.nl (translated)

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10 Comments

1. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Interesting concept. I think it will stay at that, though.

2. Papa_Ji

Posts: 851; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Patents tell much about a company, like the above patent belongs to some highly advanced smartphone company....... And something like below... Can only be by a a fruit company/seller...http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-files-a-patent-application-for-a-paper-bag-Team-Coco-introduces-the-Apple-AirBag_id85764

6. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

That's hilarious.

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Haha! A Douche-Bag!

8. Rydsmith unregistered

Sigh... http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2016/12/apple-granted-51-patents-today-covering-an-iphone-with-a-glass-housing-a-borderless-oled-display-a-lighting-system-more.html Way to pick and choose what is patented and what is ignored. Samsung files a patent using the Apple Watch design: https://9to5mac.com/2016/08/05/samsung-patent-apple-watch/ So if "patents tell much about a company" is Samsung really just copy cats and warranting of the moniker Samesung?

10. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Samsung was mocking at Apple, by using Apple Watch BS design in this patent, man! Wake up!!! BTW when Samsung is patenting something, that means that is working and developing the technology. While when Apple patent something, it means that have no idea how to do it(they patented whatever... the time machine too,. for sure) And wait if some real tech company really invent something like it, to say: We patented something like this.

3. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

This looks like the Nokia 3250 of the old days.

4. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

The dummy in the photo.

5. shield

Posts: 842; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Ugly Design :(

9. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Design is not unveiled here ignorant. This is just to cover the patents. BTW when Samsung is patenting something, that means that is working and developing the technology. While when Apple patent something, it means that have no idea how to do it(they patented whatever... the time machine too,. for sure) And wait if some real tech company really invent something like it, to say: We patented something like this. ROTFL.

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