Samsung wants to patent a phone with bendable display and chassis, patent application reveals
posted by Peter K. / Mar 13, 2015, 7:23 AM
According to a patent application, originally filed back in Q2 2014 but only recently published by the USPTO, the South Korea-based phone slinger might be working on a device equipped with a bendable display and frame, capable of withstanding a flexing.
Judging by the accompanying patent images, Samsung wants to equip the handset with a flexible display, a bendable frame, and a few batteries at the back that are connected to each other with the aid of a flexible coupling. As a refresher, Samsung has already showed us that bendable displays are no longer science fiction, though developing the rest of the flexible hardware components will certainly prove to be a more cumbersome task on its own as well. LG also has a flexible display.
From the looks of it, some time will pas before Samsung's invention might potentially make a more prominent appearance - first of all, the USPTO will have to grant it the patent, and only after that the maker of the Galaxy Note Edge and S6 edge will have the cart blanche to grab our attention with the concept of a truly bendable phone.
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and what purpose such a phone would serve ? PS. Those side bezels look straight out of transformers movie.
posted on Mar 13, 2015, 7:30 AM 2
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its for sports etc. riding a bike with your phone that can bend meaning it will contour around your body thus less discomfort
posted on Mar 13, 2015, 8:07 AM 6
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No, its for more than that. I have been advocating this stuff forever now, thank god they finally got around to making it happen. A phone you can squeeze in your palm would allow you to reach almost any point on the screen easily with one hand even with a very large screen. Reaching across would be a joke since you can squeeze it to bend it in a U shape and reaching the top left/right of the screen would also be easier. That would allow you to have a bigger screen and still use it with one hand fairly easily. Aside from that the durability increase is nice as well.
posted on Mar 13, 2015, 8:47 AM 3
they already showed the flexible battery last yearhttp://www.tomsguide.com/us/fl
the second is from 2013
posted on Mar 13, 2015, 12:06 PM 0
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Now apple will sue Samsung again. :P
posted on Mar 13, 2015, 7:44 AM 4
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LOL!!! I'VE BEEN READING ARTICLES ABOUT THIS BENDABLE PHONES FOR YEARS!!! & UNTIL NOW, IT IS REMAINS A RUMOR!!! NOTHING NEW HERE!!!!! PATHETIC ARTICLE!!!
posted on Mar 13, 2015, 7:50 AM 1
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One thing is for sure, if Samsung gets a patent for a bending display, we know one company's phone that will likely never have one because it would require licensing the tech from either Samsung or LG and I don't see it happening. In a phone I just don't see the practicality. Unless they actually make a phone that can rollup into a tube which would be ultra-cool.
posted on Mar 13, 2015, 8:56 AM 0
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If the new Note 5 (or Note 6, maybe) would be this device, it could be really easy to make it smaller by folding it up and effectively can be fitted it in half the space, bent the screen to match our eyes and make it easier when on the run by putting it on wrist. This is a great idea from Samsung. Hope to see it soon.
posted on Mar 13, 2015, 9:33 AM 5
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We need better battery and not bendable display!
posted on Mar 13, 2015, 9:55 AM 1
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And do you think they dont? Do you think that the companies that depend on consumers money dont want to offer the best and crush the competition? Do you imagine what would happen if Samsung said: "Look every1. Our new flagship can do 1 week on heavy use with just a single charge" They would swipe EVERYTHING. and i mean 90%+ over worldwide sales. They dont do it, not because the dont want, but because the cant. Battery technology is very tricky. You must develop a WHOLE new battery. That means from new matterial, new design etc. Everything. And then test it for 1) Safety. Cause what good will be if its amazing battery but turn your mobile into a mini-bomb 2) Long life. Due to discharges and recharges that wear batteries off. Its like developing a quantum cpu. We sort off have the idea. But we cant still produce something concrete. And every new battery technology must go the same way. So its easier, and cheaper, for the companies to just first optimize the SOC to use less power, less nm etc, better screens that use less power again, algorithms like hotplugs or governors in the kernel to save power.
posted on Mar 13, 2015, 12:02 PM 2
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only LG and Samsung has it! no other smartphone manufacturer can do this. LG+SAMSUNG=LOVE!
posted on Mar 13, 2015, 11:55 AM 1
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Well, good luck with that Samsung http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_
posted on Mar 13, 2015, 12:58 PM 0
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