Samsung Could Be Working On A New Galaxy Fold With Curved Display
Foldable smartphones have been a hot topic of the year. A smartphone that can bend its screen was a far off fantasy in the past. Samsung, with the Galaxy Fold, became one of the first companies to ever make this dream a reality for many enthusiasts. Unfortunately, the technology was prematurely revealed to the world. However, A brand new report has suggested that the company might be working on a new folding device with curved edges.
Samsung has still not given an official announcement for the launch of its Galaxy Fold, and are now seemingly applying patents for a new device. The patent is for an upcoming foldable smartphone with a curved edge display. Unlike, Huawei’s upcoming Mate X which has its screen on the inside, Samsung is pushing for a display panel on the outside. The last couple of years have seen many such patents pop up showcasing revolutionary and innovative designs.
Samsung’s latest foldable smartphone was filed for a patent under the title, “Foldable electronic device including flexible device.” This implies that a full-screen curved edge folding handset may already be under development. The second iteration of the company’s foldable phone does not seem to have any visible sidebar and its front-facing is camera built into the screen.
The foldable smartphone has two major halves that are held together by a hinge, onto which both sides can cave into. According to the schematics, a rotatable hinge is being used for this design, unlike the one present in the Galaxy Fold. The hinge is partially built into the devices rear panels recess. The mechanism has to be perfect in its implementation lest they repeat the past iterations debacle. Samsung will most likely make this a premium smartphone with top-notch specs and hardware.
The South Korean OEM will probably incorporate a high-grade display into the device. A tablet format viewing experiences can be taken from the foldable smartphone once it is expanded. The device has curved edges flank both sides, that makes it look stylish like in previous Galaxy S and Note series flagships. Users will find a curved display on one side and the hinge on the other when the device is folded. The punch hole camera is housed on the top left corner of the screen, which allows for use even when the device isn’t folded. A heart rate sensor and flash are also planned according to the patent description.
The earpiece and ambient light sensors are placed on the top of the foldable smartphone, with the bottom having the mic (left half) and charging port (right half). The frame border on the side cannot be discerned due to the introduction of the curved edges. Placement of the power button is still unknown and a 3.5mm headphone jack will probably not be seen in the smartphone. Samsung had previously abandoned the buttonless idea on the Galaxy Note 10 during development, but the feature may finally make an appearance.
Samsung has already patented various folding devices and is planning on releasing a new foldable smartphone annually. The introduction of the curved edges is a highly welcomed addition to the already innovative design of the phone. The tech giant is pulling out every trick it has in the new device to make it fill the shortcoming of its predecessors. Many OEMs have yet to release foldable devices and Samsung could very well bring the form factor to mainstream audiences in the future.