A dual-display Galaxy S11 would be risky but Samsung toys with the concept anyway

A dual-display Galaxy S11 would be risky but Samsung toys with the concept anyway
If the second-generation dual display phones like the Nubia Z20 we are toying with now in the office are any indication, the technology is ripe for the picking from the big brands already.

There have been efforts to tack an extra small screen somewhere on a phone before, but a fully functional second display on the back? That used to be in the realm of concept renders and wishful thinking until just last year.

Move aside, notches and punch-hole displays, dual-screen phones are unorthodox but sound like finding the Holy Grail on the neverending quest for "all-screen" handsets! This may be precisely what Samsung has been thinking, given its experiments with crazy designs like the flip camera on the Galaxy A80.

That one, however, whether because of the rotating mechanism, or Samsung's pairing of sensor and software, churns out pictures that are average at best, while the rear-cam Nubia Z20 selfies are out of this world. 

Perhaps this is why Samsung has decided to explore the dual-screen concept up close and personal, and LetsGoDigital has found out a patent grant for precisely such a phone, complete with a punch-hole display and dual cameras, too. 

Take a gander at the rendered patent filings, and wonder if and when this will make it to fruition. Galaxy S11? Nah, too crazy of an idea for flagship series, maybe something in the A line, as that's where Samsung has been experimenting lately.



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28 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 996; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

All this to use rear cam as selfie. Nobody needs 64, 108MP camera for selfie.

2. IT-Engineer

Posts: 560; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

This is called trying to innovate by building new technologies.

6. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2427; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I wouldn’t call it innovation since it’s been done before. I would call it hopeful that a major manufacturer is exploring it as an option though.

8. User123456789

Posts: 996; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

How about doing something useful? People from rich nations like USA, Canada, Germany, England etc are already avoiding to pay for expensives devices. Now imagine in poor countries that phones cost much more. This is just something silly that will increase the price even more. At this pace, in few years it will be cheaper to buy a tablet, walkman, APSC camera + lenses than buying a phone.

27. AlienKiss

Posts: 192; Member since: May 21, 2019

What's so innovative about it? The fact that it has been done before or that it has a 2nd display to drain the battery and the processor even more? And all of this for that stupid selfie camera. People, nobody gives a fly about your face. Stop making duck faces and putting them on the internet. You're embarrassing yourselves.. I would rather like to see Samsung make the S11+ with a sliding keyboard and real buttons (not that touch bs). Another innovation would be to adopt the new UHS-II SD cards. Or go crazy and start making SSDs for smartphones. This display is nothing but a good looking gimmick and only the selfie addicted chicks would want one..

7. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 702; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

When an OEM does not know what to do to differentiate itself, it goes for a 2nd screen. All of those concepts have failed miserably. Hope Samsung stays away from that concept.

3. Mike88

Posts: 435; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

It’s not risky,, they really need some cutting edge technology to still compete with the iPhones.

4. IT-Engineer

Posts: 560; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

They don't need to, their technology is better. They need to work on software updates.

9. DBozz

Posts: 53; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

Really!! All knows apple always play safe games. They just better the existing tech that android OEMs invent.. name a single technology that iphone initiated first... P.S except that 3D touch which apple themselves gaveup on.

11. apple-rulz

Posts: 2175; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Name me some things Samsung invented.

12. JCASS889

Posts: 553; Member since: May 18, 2018

You do know Samsung does a lot more than phones and computers right? They make everything from appliances to weapons. I'd say Samsung patent portfolio is much fatter than apples.

14. DBozz

Posts: 53; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

@apple-rulz: U just ridiculed urself with ur question! I no need to say anything!

18. apple-rulz

Posts: 2175; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

@dbozz because you can't answer my question. That's why you had to respond in such a childish manner.

26. oldskool50 unregistered

You did so because you are a child. Hey check this out. The Burg Khalifa at about $1.5B, is a bigger tourist attraction, than that grounded spaceship in Cupertino will ever be at almost 3 times the price. The tallest building on the planet at was designed and built by Samsung. Something Apple can only claim design. But they didnt build it. Both are tech marvels in construction and workmanship and both are masterpieces in their own rank. But Samsung has shown you can have more for far less.

15. Alcyone

Posts: 461; Member since: May 10, 2018

The better question is, what company has Apple not bought to to aquire "innovative" features? Samsung and Apple aquire company's that create the features we get. Therefore, OEMs aren't always inventing anything that hasn't already been created.

16. Vancetastic

Posts: 1508; Member since: May 17, 2017

They hold something like 180 folding phone and display patents.

25. oldskool50 unregistered

No one has ever claimed Samsung invented anything. That's the problem. But you all claim Apple invented things like ide-to-unlock and rounded corners. All these companies do bad things. ALL.OF THEM!!! But they all do far and away more good things. Samsung does far and away more good than Apple and that is a fact. Microsoft as evil as they were, have done far more good for tech than Apple ever has. Apple has helped push great tech and many standard that we still use. But their contribution is a drop in the bucket vs others. Samsungs R&D budget is more than 3 times what Apple spends. And yes they also have more products. But Samsung spends quite a bit in their Mobile division. Even more than Apple dows. Because Samsung makes most if their own stuff. Apple has. Ever made anything other than money.

19. mackan84

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

“ name a single technology that iphone initiated first” 64-bit chipset.

21. DBozz

Posts: 53; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

64bit architecture was already available in laptops well before it came to mobile.

23. mackan84

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

So you want to talk about everything that has been done in a device before it came to smartphones? How about a OS, a screen, cellular capabilities, bendable screens, keyboards, apps, fast storage, cameras...? But that wasn’t the initial question was it?

5. Fred3

Posts: 556; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

They'll most likely put it on the A series first before they put it on the S series

10. yalokiy

Posts: 1043; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Don't think they'll use this design, the side corners are too sharp.

13. OneLove123

Posts: 1161; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

I would buy that in a heart beat. I hate notches

17. Plutonium239

Posts: 1229; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

I love the renders. Looks great in my opinion anyway.

20. monoke

Posts: 1172; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Why is everybody a step behind the Chinese oems lately. When they come out with this 2 years ago, nobody paid attention. Now that the popular boys are doing it... It's like the best thing since slice bread. Lmao.

22. shield

Posts: 852; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Samsung ONLY copy other no new design ONLY copy, Nubia dual screen, yota etc.

24. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 166; Member since: May 29, 2019

Whether or not it's copied or new, more people will want this phone than the folding display panel in its current stage. Current stage, mind that key detail.

28. TBomb

Posts: 1549; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I could dig this... Not a huge Samsung fan, but I would be happy if it became mainstream. I'd prefer this dual screen instead of the wraparound that we saw the other day....

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