Samsung patents a rollable display with fingerprint sensor


Samsung is on a roll. The South Korean company has the most successful mobile display business, but that's not enough for Samsung. Although 2018 should be the year of the “foldable smartphone,” it appears that Samsung has a few more surprises in store for us.

The company recently filed a patent for a rollable display that can be activated by fingerprint. Unlike LG's rollable display that uses a very small rotating motor, Samsung's features magnets that are positioned along the main body that houses the display.



The patent shows two types of metallic bodies where the rollable display is pulled by the magnets: cylindrical and square. Both feature fingerprint sensors that allow users to unfold the rollable display with a touch of a finger.

The concept doesn't really show how and if they can be used in a smartphone, so it's yet unclear if they can be used for purposes other than simply storing and reproduce information.

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14 Comments

2. Diego!

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Well.. We've seen this already. Some years ago Samsung issued a video of the new products they were going to launch and this model was among several with foldable / rollable display.

4. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Are you talking about this video? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKG7XRsG9KQ Those weren't real.

5. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Wow. They had this in one of their demos, with a guy who had a phone that he pressed a button and it unrolled the display. The fact this could actually happen is so cool! True innovation from a real innovator.

9. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

As usual: they need to wait Apple to know how they do it in a perfect way. I cannot forget the first finger print done by Samsung....... If the others did, Apple does perfectly, the others then follow.

17. applesnapple93

Posts: 302; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

and after each software update the display rolls out slower and slower to "preserve user experience" right?

19. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Apple will never make anything like this.

10. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

I cannot believe how many children there are on this site as of late. Fanboyism has always plagued the tech world, but I swear it's getting worse on this site. Some users are only known to the rest of us because they troll every article, and this is on both Android and iOS sides of the coin. It's getting out of hand. I am tired of having to scroll past the obligatory "Your OS/phone of choice sucks, so you suck" "no, your OS/phone of choice sucks, thus you suck" comments on every goddamn article. Mine is the 10th comment here, and not a single comment yet has discussed the tech in any non inflammatory way. PA, please, I beg of you, do something..this is getting ridiculous.

11. gigicoaste

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

I agree! Commentaries should be way better moderated and trolling should be forbidden.

12. BuffaloSouce unregistered

But what would be the use for this? I just don’t see it working out as a phone or tablet

13. gigicoaste

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

actually is great as a table, while you are traveling, plane or train, fits in your pocket easily while you do browsing on bigger device.

16. Joulukas

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

Really, no use for a device, that is small, but convertible in to a much larger device, with large screen? These are to comments that angry me the most, due to beeing simply dumb. Do you really think first touch screen got heavenly ovations? It was seen as the most stupid thing possible - who would be stupid enough to get a device with huge 3,5" breakable screen?. This probably applied to wheel also, when first guy came around the corner with a rolling cart - look at that idiot with round them round things. Those comments are especially dumb, cause they are usually made about concepts and drawings, that only show new plan, not a live ready device. Ability to convert devices between small and compact or large media ready device, seems exactly the concept that is missing from absolute bliss. Of course implementation is the key here, but shutting down a concept is kind of ...dumb!

14. Amserty

Posts: 8; Member since: May 25, 2017

It seems very cool ,

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