While every other manufacturer is busy with foldable displays, Samsung is already thinking about a new type of screen to offer with their new smartphones.
Patently Mobile noticed that the Korean company has registered a display patent, which can be enlarged on the go. The document says that the user can control the smartphone in two modes – open and closed. In the first case, the device looks more classical, and in the second, the gadget receives a biger display with a larger diagonal ratio.
Judging by the patent, such a gadget will use flexible displays that twist in a closed mode and spin in an open one. There will be no sliders or interchangeable screens though. The user will be offered to control the size of the display using a movable panel on the back of the device.
The patent also refers to a sensor that will determine the size of the display and adjust the “coordinates of the touch input.” Along with this, the document mentions gesture and brightness sensors, a gyroscope, an atmospheric pressure sensor and a biometric sensor.
With the new design, Samsung can technically launch a smartphone with two display sizes at the same price level. Or the company will begin to produce different models with expanding screens. In any case, this will give Samsung a competitive advantage. In addition, the concept of the device is not limited to a smartphone and can be applied to tablets, car displays, and so on.
Nevertheless, it is worth noting that this is only a patent that may not live up to the production. In addition, folding smartphones are a new thing and still a niche. The company has just released the first version of the Galaxy Fold, and it is rumored a second model might come in 2020 as a flexible “clamshell smartphone”.