Samsung has shown prototypes of bendable smartphones in the past, and is widely rumored to launch two bendable smartphones next year. While Samsung has remained tight lipped on plans to launch bendable devices, a new patent reveals that the company has plans to develop a 3-in-1 foldable device that can be used as a watch, smartphone and tablet. The concept device has a stretchable OLED screen as well. Also Read - Top camera smartphones under Rs 20,000 in August 2021: Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, Moto G60 and moreAlso Read - Google's Tensor chipset on Pixel 6 series will be manufactured by Samsung: Nikkei
According to the patent, Samsung is aiming to develop a “device using stretchable display and controlling method of the same. The patent describes that a stretchable display can be folded in different ways. According to the images in the patent application, the device collapses to a narrow strip, can be worn as a smartwatch. Bending it slightly, it fits to your face, it turns into a smartphone with the top hooked to the ear and the bottom to the mouth. And if the device is further expanded it turns into a tablet.
The patents don’t necessarily mean immediate roll out of the concept, but does reflect what the company may have in stock for the future. Discovery of the latest patent comes shortly after Samsung released a 5-inch foldable smartphone prototype, which could be turned into a tablet as well. The device is being referred to as a smartlet and can bend a screen in half by using OLED display. The company hopes to mass produce the smartlet from second half of this year.
Well, Samsung is not alone in developing foldable smartphones. Recently, Lenovo surprised everyone by demonstrating a similar 3-in-1 device at its Tech World event. The smartphone that Lenovo showcased in the event was can be simply worn on one s wrist like a bracelet and a tablet that can be folded down the middle and used like a smartphone. The concept of a 3-in-1 shape-shifting device sounds pretty exciting and interesting but we ll have to wait to see if it really hits the markets.