Samsung patent application describes rollable display for clamshell flip smartphone

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Samsung has submitted a patent application that demonstrates a rollable display technology that can be used in various form factors to provide a variety of interfaces. The new patent comes after the South Korean tech giant was granted patents for tri-fold and rollable display technologies in March. While the application only mentions that the display will be used for “electronic devices,” the illustrated images show a clamshell flip phone, highlighting that it could be used for a future Galaxy Z Flip phone.

Samsung submits patent application for flexible display

The patent was first discovered by The Nerd Stash in collaboration with tipster David Kowalski of xleaks7. The patent was submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on June 18 and the applicant is named as Samsung Electronics. The patent describes a flexible display with three different housing mechanisms.

Illustration of Samsung flexible display patent
Photo credit: The Nerd Dash/Samsung

As per the illustration shared in the patent application, the display can be set up in three different ways, called “housings”. The first housing is an open and fully extended view, where the rollable display appears at the front of the device and extends to provide a larger screen real-estate.

In the second housing, the extended portion visible near the top of the frame can be compressed to form a more compact candy bar form factor. In the third housing, the display is folded in half to be visible on both the front and back of the device. According to the pictures, both sides of the device appear to be functional.

The camera modules are placed on the frame of the phone. They appear at the top of the device in both folded and unfolded states. The company also explained how all three states can be used to show different apps and interfaces.

Samsung said that the slow influx of flexible displays in the market has created competition to develop devices that can be transformed into different shapes and offer greater portability. The company highlighted that a major advantage of this display technology will be that all three housing states work independently of each other and can be set in combination with folding and sliding operations to create various shapes. Each shape will then offer a different interface and experience.

It should be noted that the patent application is not a confirmation of an under-development device. Even after the patent is granted, Samsung may or may not introduce the design to the public in the coming years.

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