Samsung wants to patent a phone with bendable display and chassis, patent application reveals

Samsung wants to patent a phone with bendable display and chassis, patent application reveals
LG is seemingly poised to adopt the curved chassis philosophy for its top-tier smartphone lineup, but Samsung might be secretly working on a truly flexible device. 

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.



1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

and what purpose such a phone would serve ? PS. Those side bezels look straight out of transformers movie.

6. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

its for sports etc. riding a bike with your phone that can bend meaning it will contour around your body thus less discomfort

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

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.

16. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Did I read bendable? Oh! YES... shouldnt apple already be awarded with the patents of bendable phone? It is their innovation

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It's just a representation of the actual thing.

19. engineer-1701d unregistered

2. rk181090

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

It won't break and can bend easily, avoid discomfort of having large displays in your pocket, etc. etc.

3. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Now apple will sue Samsung again. :P

7. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

and if samsung wins a lawsuit, obama will use executive order to not ban apple products.

4. seven7dust unregistered

it's weird ! will probably feel very plasticky or even slimy. I don't think flexible phones will take off. build quality will be sub-standard.

5. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013


8. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Rumors? Apple did implement thia technology in the iPhone 6+. Where have you been living in buddy?

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

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.

13. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

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.

26. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Or be of same size and when opened becomes a tablet.

14. techken

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

We need better battery and not bendable display!

18. G9-Kokos

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 31, 2015

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.

15. TBomb

Posts: 1571; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

You could turn a phone into a watch with a simple accessory O.O

17. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

only LG and Samsung has it! no other smartphone manufacturer can do this. LG+SAMSUNG=LOVE!

22. digitalw

Posts: 79; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

yes...indeeed. And they pay royalities for that to... see 2 posts lower ;)

20. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Yet another example of Samsung blatantly ripping off Apple again. For shame. What? The comment is too early? Wait for the Apple iPeel to be released first? I thought that was the stripper app...

21. digitalw

Posts: 79; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

23. kerginaldo17 unregistered

Nokia currently has no money to take this project ahead.Only big companies can make this.And bend display will happens.Is a old dream of smartphone makers.Just a matter of time.

24. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Here we go again.. lawsuit from apple.. iPhone 6+ was the world's first bendable phone.. My note 4 Dont have this.. my iPhone 6 also don't have it..

25. insanity99

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Lets just wait if apple can file a lawsuit against samsung and lets see if they will win.

27. Hellouser

Posts: 39; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

I'm good. I wont ever purchasing one of these. Just somthing about it bothers me. I like sturdiness in my life.

28. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

I'd like it more on TV though.

29. zinger69

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Those are some wavey phones.

30. FilthyJ24

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 06, 2013

Nokia had this idea years ago.

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