Samsung has been touted to launch a foldable smartphone for a long time now and based on recent reports it could just be unveiled early next year. Company CEO DJ Koh not only confirmed the device recently, but also commented on Samsung’s eagerness to launch it. We’ve already come across some rumors around the smartphone that have given us an idea about it, but now a new Samsung patent sheds more light on how its foldable design could work.
Spotted by Android Headlines, Samsung was recently granted the patent by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which highlights how the foldable mechanism on the smartphone will work. The patent mentions that instead of having an actual bendable display, the device will be divided with hinge in the center, which undertake its foldable capability.
Further the patent mentions that the hinge will have the capability to lock the screen in place depending on which mode it is being used in. Interestingly though, it also states Samsung to be using a plastic film over an LCD panel, which is said to sustain the bend. Previous rumors have suggested Samsung to be using an OLED panel on the foldable smartphone.
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Based on what we known so far, Samsung’s foldable smartphone is said to come with a 7.3-inch display, which has been touted to go down to 4.6 inches when folded. The foldable design is also said to boast a curvature of 1.5R. Undoubtedly, it’s also expected to carry some high-end internals. Samsung has been rumored to launch the device early next year, which can be in January at CES 2019. While it was suggested to be dubbed as Galaxy X, recent reports have claimed Samsung to call it Galaxy F.