Samsung's rollable display phone takes shape in a patent
by Daniel Petrov / Jun 11, 2019, 9:14 AM
If you thought that Samsung will be done and dusted with wacky designs when it finally releases the Galaxy Fold to the general public, you'd be sorely mistaken. A new patent filing has been discovered by LetsGoDigital, and a few renders based on it are showing one of the crazier designs in recent memory, the patent universe notwithstanding.
We know for a fact that manufacturers are thinking about and have been experimenting with rollable flexible OLED displays for a while now, and Samsung may have found the perfect application for one.
It has patented a device with a display that tucks into the bottom of the phone, and unrolls up with a sliding mechanism when a larger screen real estate is needed. This ingenious creation solves a few disadvantages of phones like the Galaxy Fold, namely the thicker body when closed, and the need for a secondary display on the outside.
Needless to say, it might also create its own set of issues - remember the Galaxy Fold or Mate X crease in the middle? We shudder to think how a rollable display may wrinkle down to over time.
Check out the patent schematics below, and tell us what you think about such a design. The only question left to answer is if the mechanism is belt or chain driven, and how frequent of an oil change will be needed.
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Chinese vendors waiting patiently to steal schematics and then hastily claim first place like they've done with folding, punch hole, and under-the-screen camera.
posted on Jun 11, 2019, 9:33 AM 8
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This doesn’t help Samsung sales.
posted on Jun 11, 2019, 9:34 AM 0
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This intrigues me. I feel like it would be really good if instead of expanding vertical they found a way to do it horizontally. It would also make it easier to slide because you could grip the sides of the phone and expand it.
posted on Jun 11, 2019, 9:47 AM 4
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I thought the same... What's the use of extra long device... The width is more important to provide usage versatility...
posted on Jun 11, 2019, 10:40 AM 1
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it allows you to have 2 big displays or 4 smaller or 8 smaller... and do multitask in landscape mode. The fact that its vertical does not make it not usable or not beneficial. Is it that hard to understand?
posted on Jun 11, 2019, 2:40 PM 0
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