Samsung's newest smartphone patent offers a glimpse into the not so distant future

Samsung's newest smartphone patent offers a glimpse into the not so distant future
One of Samsung's upcoming smartphones may feature a true bezel-less display, one that won't have any frames around it. The sides of the phone are used as additional displays that feature touch controls, some that Samsung introduced with the launch of the Galaxy edge flagships.

Pictures of such a device have been recently spotted at WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) by the folks over at LetsGoDigital, which is quite unusual. Companies usually add pictures of a product when they file a design patent, but not in a utility patent like in this case.

The documents filed at WIPO mention that phone's display is flexible, however, there are no details regarding the sides of the device besides the icons that we're seeing in the schematics. One other interesting thing that's suggested by the patent and the images is the fact that the phone will feature the speaker, sensors and front-facing camera under the display.

Also, the phone does not appear to include an audio jack port nor a USB Type-C port, which probably means that it can only be charged wirelessly. Of course, since this is just a patent, some of these components may have been removed on purpose because they are not important in this case.

Moreover, Samsung's documents reveal that the phone's display can have different form factors like rectangular and polygon. Now, some of the technologies available today make such a device possible, although we're quite sure that Samsung isn't ready for mass-production. Still, 3-4 years from now, such a device has a big chance of becoming the norm for the smartphone industry.

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