Samsung has been long rumored to commercially launch foldable smartphones, and a few report suggest it could be doing so as early as 2017. Already, Samsung s Project Valley, which consists of the Galaxy X smartphone with a 4K foldable display, has been doing rounds for quite some time. Amidst the rumors and reports, we came across a patent filed by Samsung just few weeks back. The patent revealed Samsung s concept for a foldable smartphone, which bends in the middle to form the shape of a flip phone. Samsung has now been granted a patent for a new foldable display technology, which further ignites rumors of Samsung launching foldable devices in the near future. Also Read - Galaxy S21 FE to support 25W charging but will Samsung put it in the box?Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 launch in India next week: Top specs, price around Rs 15,000, more
As reported by Patently Mobile, the patent for a flexible display was granted to Samsung by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The images of the patent reveal the technology of a flexible display, which can be used in future Samsung smartphones. The image of the concept smartphone with the flexible display technology, shows it bending from the middle. The interesting part about this patent is that the flexible device will bend without one using a hand for it. The report explains that the technology used consists of an electrode layer, dielectric elastomer film, while another electrode is used in both the upper and lower portion of the flexible display. When a certain amount of voltage is applied on both the layers, the flexible device bends itself. This technology although explained in theory would be more understandable when demonstrated for real.
The report also says that the core material for the flexible display panel is a flexible substrate, which is made of plastic material. It has excellent heat resistance and durability such as polyethylene napthalate (PEN), polycarbonate (PC), polyarylate (PAR), polyether imide (PEI), polyether sulfone (PES), and/or polymide (PI). It looks like Samsung is opting for a flexible display which will be shatterproof and also heat resistant, considering the material being used.
Looking at the figures of the patent for the flexible smartphone, one image shows a curved display in the form of a wave. There are images of the flexible smartphone as well, which show the phone bending in two ways, from the front display and also from the back panel. It doesn t show the smartphone folding into two halves though, as seen in the previously filed patent. Design wise, the smartphone does not have any striking look. On the front panel, the selfie camera lens is located above the display and below it, the Home button is located.
This is not the first time that Samsung has been granted a patent or has filed a patent for a flexible display. There have been numerous reports about Samsung s patents revolving around flexible smartphones. While there are rumors that Samsung would be unveiling its flexible display smartphone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which will take place in February, 2017. ALSO READ: Samsung s patent reveals a foldable display that turns a smartwatch into smartphone and tablet
Samsung s previous patents include a 3-in-1 foldable smartphone, which can be used as a watch, smartphone and a tablet. Recent patents also reveal the making of a smartphone folding into half, and another unfolding from a 5-inch form factor. Among other companies, Apple is also known to have filed patents for foldable display. Apple s patents suggest a technology for a flexible smartphone which would be folded in the middle like a case. At this year s Tech World event, Lenovo had unveiled a bendable smartphone and a bendable tablet which surely grabbed everyone s attention. Come 2017, we could be seeing foldable smartphones with flexible display not only in the making but as a finished product. ALSO READ: Lenovo just showed off a foldable smartphone, tablet and we want them!