Samsung receives patents for a folding phone and a transparent smartphone display

Samsung receives patents for a folding phone and a transparent smartphone display
With the foldable Samsung Galaxy X expected to be unveiled next year, the manufacturer has received a couple of patents, one of which could give us a look at what the Galaxy X might look like. The images show a phone that folds horizontally, unlike a previous patent that showed a phone folding in a couple of different ways. Users would be holding the handset in landscape orientation. Thanks to an additional hinge, the device can be propped up vertically in portrait mode. Shutting the device by folding the two sides together will automatically turn off the phone while opening up the two sides will turn it on.

Unlike a regular hinge, the phone would be equipped with a special hinge that would respond to the touch of a sensor. One the latter is activated, the device would fold into configurations that could be preset by the manufacturer. Images that are part of the official patent documentation show a screen in landscape mode split in half by a fold. One drawing shows apps on both sides of the folding display, while another sketch shows an open email on the left side of the screen, and app icons on the right side. In a subsequent image, the email takes up the entire screen. That would seem to indicate that users will be able to choose one of the images on either side of the screen and make it fill the entire display. It sounds like the landscape version of multi-window.

Samsung also received a patent yesterday for a transparent smartphone screen. The company unveiled a transparent television screen in 2015, and we'd imagine that the transparent smartphone display will be similar, albeit much smaller (obviously). The see-through screen could also allow for the use of AR without employing a camera to incorporate the real world background used in the feature.

You can check out various images from the patents by clicking on the slideshow below.


source: USPTO

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6 Comments

1. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1091; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Just shows where true innovation can be found

2. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1789; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Now this is true innovation rather than putting a notch on the display and calling that futuristic.

3. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1134; Member since: May 01, 2017

Innovation would be to create something that the consumer is actually in search of while having it do something that other devices can’t. This is just another unnecessary piece of crap that going to run just like every other android phone, the only thing that sets it apart is a “foldable” screen

4. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Who else remember the Xperia Pureness, a feature phone with transparent monochrome screen , I am glad someone is working on transparent screens

5. MEeee

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

CES 2010 Samsung transparent OLED screen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwCi-WqMIFA

6. requiem_apc

Posts: 1; Member since: May 08, 2018

i have an iphone that already does it

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