We're a little less than a month away now from the US debut of Samsung's first foldable phone hitting the market here, which will arrive at a time when the idea of a bendable form factor has spread like wildfire throughout the global smartphone industry. At this point, it's pretty much a question of who's not lining up with experiment with a foldable model, thanks to everything from the introduction of Huawei's Mate X to the forthcoming Motorola RAZR, foldable prototypes that have emerged from companies like Oppo and Xiaomi as well as LG's is also coming later this year.
Samsung, meanwhile, has arguably been among the most aggressive with its experimentation in this regard, having patented what appears to be the most varied lineup of foldable phone. models ̵
One of Samsung's most recently revealed designs depicts a smartphone that unfolds to the size of a tablet, with a screen on the inside and outside. The South Korea-based tech giant has also just patented another, one which is the recently unveiled Xiaomi foldable design of a display that is foldable on two sides around the main body.
The approved patent, which was spotted by Dutch tech news blog LetsGoDigital shows a phone with a large flexible display. Unfold the two sides, and now you have a tablet-sized device. Fold the two sides back, and you have a display that covers the whole of the device.
if Samsung will move forward officially with this design. However, among the things that stand out from the patent documentation is the seeming lack of connections for things like a charger. Samsung tends to be detailed with patent drawings, so there is speculation that this design could support wireless charging. This also seems to be a model that would be easy to work for, a reminder that is going to be even more of a consideration and danger to mobile devices than they currently are for smartphones.
LetsGoDigital notes that he appears to be an advanced design model, no doubt an outgrowth of Samsung's already-stated intention to release a new foldable smartphone annually. Similar to the release cycle for its premium smartphones like the Galaxy S devices.