Samsung patented a foldable smartphone with a spring-based hinge mechanism, check it out

Samsung patented a foldable smartphone with a spring-based hinge mechanism, check it out
Yesterday, we reported that Samsung may be planning to launch an unique, foldable smartphone in 2016. Such a device is definitely being worked on, judging by the leaked patent schematics that describe different ways in which Samsung experimented pulling off this type of novelty. Speaking of which, today Patently Mobile uncovered a purported schematic for a foldable smartphone that opens and closes together with a hinge mechanism.

This is no flip-phone, however, as there is a mesh-type textile sheet attached as the cover of an actual bending AMOLED display. The device is separated in two "bodies", connected via hinge portion. The hinge operates with a spring mechanism that looks incredibly old-school for a device that's supposed to be this hi-tech.

Samsung filed this patent application in the third quarter of 2014, which means this isn't a particularly recent development and could have advanced into a state where mass-manufacturing could be in consideration. That is, assuming Samsung actually kept working on it, rather than killing it to concentrate on the gazillion other projects it's running in-house. Still, the schematic does look very similar to the concept device Samsung had previously shown. It can be seen in the second slide.

Reportedly, a foldable Samsung smartphone, whatever its shape and form might be, is being tested with a configuration that includes a Snapdragon 620 or 820 SoC, 3GB of RAM, and a microSD card slot. It's supposed to be released sometime next year, given that Samsung expects to have production-ready foldable smartphones by 2016.


source: PatentlyMobile via SamMobile

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26 Comments

1. amanjain1

Posts: 56; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

I like old school stuff!

2. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Dont worry its a gimmick.

3. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Don't embarrass yourself by writing these sort of comments.

6. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Forgot to put /s

8. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Sorry :p

18. FluffyBled unregistered

How could you not notice lel xD!

19. TBomb

Posts: 1036; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Not fluent in internet talk... is /s short for sarcasm? Because I don't find this gimmicky at all actually.

21. FluffyBled unregistered

Yup ... that's it!

25. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

don't you know, EVERYTHING is a gimmick

4. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Sounds interesting, though too much flex would make it troublesome to use? And I have to wonder about wear and tear from continual flexing?

5. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Let's wait for some demo units. I personally can't wait to own a device which transforms into a tablet & a smartphone :)

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Lol, I got a padfone infinity for that. But this folding thing might work a little more effectively space wise.

7. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

This is a real innovation by Samsung. I wonder how Apple gonna catch up. Apple might need 5-8 years to mimick this samsung galaxy X.

12. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Apple has many patents for this my friend. Until you get a device in hand that works, hush! http://www.zdnet.com/article/apple-patents-phone-where-bending-is-a-feature-not-a-flaw/

16. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1250; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

And how many flexible displays have they showed in public? None, they have all those patents on stuff they don't have the brains to make....that's how pathetic they are....

17. Alteran

Posts: 13; Member since: May 08, 2013

they see other companies demo a tech then file patents slightly different after reading rivals patent filings

22. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Apple just do the patent, but don't have/develop actual product. It's an apple way to prevent a real innovation being developed, by suing the real innovator. and if apple did it (10 years latter), apple will use samsung display. not apple. apple is the copycat who sue the real innovator & creator.

26. engineer-1701d unregistered

nctx77 you need to check your facts again bud samsung already has this just not out for salehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciI5RkJLhhA thats 2 years ago at a show you see the edge in the background

9. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

No matter what your preferred brand is, that is some really cool tech

10. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

So.......a flip phone basically.. this whole bendable, flexible displays thing this isn't going to be the next big thing, why? because it adds no functionality to the devices itself.

14. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

But...you do realize that development and production of experimental devices like this will pave the way for these new technologies to become more commonly implemented in the coming years, right? Things like this can become standard in just a few years, but only if it is worked on and if someone does it first to test it out. And, regarding its functionality, the idea is to have a large screen available at all times because the folded device will be half the size and take up half the space. It means we could have phablet sized screens on our phones but put a compact sized device in our pocket, or maybe have a tablet sized screen on a phablet sized device that could still be pocketable.

23. tedkord

Posts: 17050; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's what they said about phablets.

13. BigBoss10

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

The form factor looks like to a foldable wallet but in mobile version xD

15. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Now Samsung phones will be able to bend too.

20. dancheung77

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Ahaha,that's good one :)

24. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lolololololololololololololololol +1

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