20 January 2019
Samsung was granted a design patent for a multi-folding tablet back in September 2016 and recently the company has received at least a second utility patent for multi-fold tablet.
The latest patent application reflects that there are two sides of the tablet that fold in to protect the tablet’s main display. In the previously granted patent, we saw that there were three foldable segments which can be opened to form a large display area. It showed a keyboard placed on the back side of one of the foldable segment. Now, in the latest utility patent, the front view of the flexible display includes a sub display unit and a key input unit.
The system behind the folding capability includes a ‘sensing unit’ which could include at least one of a pressure sensor, an illumination sensor, a proximity sensor, an acceleration sensor, an angular velocity sensor, a gyro sensor, a strain gauge sensor, and a gravity sensor.
When a user intends to use a medium-sized display screen, the configuration of the flexible panel can be deformed to the second configuration. “For example, when the user intends to write a text message, the flexible display panel can be deformed to the second configuration.”
And, when folded, Samsung refers to the transparent cover as “a quick-view display” that will allow the users to read messages, see time and date, through the cover.
The patent also reveals that a third configuration or the third state of the patent will allow the users to make a call by using the flexible display.
This patent was originally filed in April 2015. We are yet to see when this foldable tablet materializes as the foldable smartphone concept isn’t still commercialized.