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Samsung’s upcoming foldable smartphones will fold outwards

24 May 2019 2

Samsung first ever commercially viable foldable smartphone was the Galaxy Fold. Well, we all know how that turned out. Unfortunately, due to various issues with the screen and a design flaw, the company recalled all review units in order to further investigate the issue. In addition to this, the company also stopped the shipment of all pre-orders until necessary improvements were made. This was Samsung’s idea of an inward folding smartphone. However, a newly published patent reveals that the company has also been thinking of an out-folding smartphone.


Rumour has it that Samsung is currently working on two new foldable smartphones. One of them is speculated to have a clamshell-like vertically folding design while the other will be an out-folding smartphone. A close look at the above image will reveal Samsung’s intentions for its foldable smartphones. The patent describes the devices as having a flexible display mounted on two separate cases joined by a hinge with a sliding mechanism.

In order to allow the display to fold outwards, the slide cover slides along a rail groove. To keep the device locked in place when unfolded, the company is making use of a locking unit mechanism. It seems like the launch of the Galaxy Fold is serving as a launchpad for Samsung to spearhead a new type of smartphone.



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SophieAddison

There's no doubt that the failure of the first wave of Galaxy Fold prompted Samsung to dig deeper into new designs. And now suddenly, there are two new foldable smartphones from Samsung.

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