A new patent from Samsung has been revealed, which shows off a phone with a sliding display. Now, don’t think of it as the sliding phones that we have seen in the past, the one with a sliding display and a keyboard hidden underneath. Instead, the patent illustrates a touchscreen smartphone with a secondary screen that slides on top of the display, perhaps to allow for extending the display so users have a wider screen without having to flip the phone into landscape view.
From what can be observed from the diagrams, the phone’s secondary display, which partially overlaps the initial display, would be fairly thin so as to not feel weird or uncomfortable when in use, though in some of the shots it still appears as if there would be some difference in height between the edge of the top display and the panel of the main one underneath. It’s not very clear how the two will work individually.
With a raised edge like this it could pose issues for users as it might get uncomfortable when trying to use the full length of the screen while the top display is not slid out all the way into a fully extended state, as fingers would run off of the edge.
Further, the patent also shows off the back of the patented device, which is shown with a single camera sensor, with what looks like buttons on the sides for volume and power. But there is no visible button for the home key, which would possibly signify an on-screen home button like on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.
Oddly, we couldn’t spot a fingerprint sensor in the given designs. This patent application was filed in February 2016, but seems to have just been published as of January 30th, 2018, so this is a relatively new patent in terms of approval.
Having said that, it is important to remember that this is a patent and Samsung may or may never bring this to reality.