Samsung's rollable display phone takes shape in a patent

Samsung's rollable display phone takes shape in a patent

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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12 Comments

1. BearHug

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 27, 2017

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.

5. eausa

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 28, 2019

Yup. They love to steal tech. Their corner cutting mentality is also not going away soon.

7. User123456789

Posts: 549; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

About the hidden screen. Patents are around for years already. Sony in 2012, Meizu in 2017 and Samsung in 2017. Unless you have access to the very expensive transparemt oled, you cannot do it.

2. iloveapps

Posts: 518; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

This doesn’t help Samsung sales.

3. TBomb

Posts: 1177; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Something that doesn't exist yet rarely helps sales

6. dumpster666

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 07, 2019

you can't even troll properly

4. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2291; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

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.

8. AhmoZ

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

I thought the same... What's the use of extra long device... The width is more important to provide usage versatility...

10. Amir123a

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 27, 2016

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?

11. AhmoZ

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

I guess it's hard to understand for guys like me... Thank God we have genius guys like you to explain it...

12. LiveFaith

Posts: 363; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Yep. What if you had the phone normally in portrait. Then slide l & r and turn it into a tablet in landscape. About 6" x 10"! I could seriously use that! Loving this possibility.

9. Mike88

Posts: 104; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

They'll work on it for 10 years then it'll come out a failure like galaxy fold

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