The age of the flip phone was glorious. With a flick of the wrist you were able to answer the calls. And just when we thought that flip phones were thing of the past, Samsung’s new patent suggests otherwise. We have long known about Samsung’s plan to launch a flip phone. Recently there has been news about Samsung launching its next flagship smartphone which was codenamed Project Valley (Galaxy X), with a foldable display. The Galaxy X was said to be Samsung’s foldable smartphone featuring a 4K display. While it’s been almost a year the leaks have been doing round, some reports confirm that the phone might finally be launched in 2017. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022
The patent, first spotted by galaxyclub, not only reveals the latest concept of a foldable smartphone by Samsung, but also offers renders of what the phone might look like. Not only that, but the patent, which was filed in South Korea, also says that the device can be “folded or unfolded semi-automatically”. The patent refers to both a “flexible” and “secondary” display. The secondary display is said to activate once the phone is folded. Additionally the document describes how “the primary display is closed by the cover, and in the folded state of the electronic device, the secondary display is opened.” Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 launch in India next week: Top specs, price around Rs 15,000, more
From what the renders in the patent shows, Samsung’s idea of a flip phone is a bendable section in the middle that will allow the phone to fold like a flip phone. The flip phone bears close resemblance to a Microsoft Surface Book once folded. The patent also reveals that the phone will come with a physical home button up front and on the right edge there will be a power button and volume rockers.
Samsung recently unveiled the W2016, which will be launched later this year. The smartphone comes with two 3.9-inch (768×1280 pixels) displays. It is powered by an octa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM. On the camera front, the phone comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera for selfies. The W2016 has a metal body and includes Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, sensors and 4G in terms of connectivity.
Earlier this year, Gionee also launched its first flip smartphone, called the Gionee W909. The talking point of this phone is the dual touchscreen feature. The phone is also the world’s first flip smartphone to feature a fingerprint sensor and a USB Type-C port. As for the specifications, the smartphone featured two 4.2-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS displays. The outer display comes with a 2.5D glass. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6755M processor, paired with 4GB of RAM. There was also 64GB onboard storage, which can be further expandable to 128GB via a microSD card. It sports a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It has a 2,530mAh battery and supports 4G LTE, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, Wi-Fi, and USB Type-C connectivity. On the software front, Gionee W909 runs on Android 5.1 lollipop.
Talking about the Samsung Galaxy X, it is expected to launch sometime in 2017. However we think that the company will push the launch further as Samsung already has a lot going on its plate with the global recall of its 2016 flagship device, the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung might even launch the flip phone to take away attention from the whole battery fiasco. However, if launched, the flip phone is said to be limited to the home country for a while, with no word on if it plans to launch it in any other market.