New Samsung patent for flexible display spotted at USPTO


Samsung is no stranger to filing patent applications for smartphone devices taking a variety of form factors including those with flexible displays. The latest patent filing spotted at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office shows a smartphone device that could be folded in half like a wallet or a tent card. The ability to hold a position once bent is one of the key details that Samsung describes in their application. This could make it easier for the device to double as something like an alarm clock.

Part of the application also demonstrates some of the details about how the cover of the device would have to be constructed to allow for bending. This takes the concept of a smartphone with a flexible display a little further than just describing the flexible nature of the screen itself as Samsung appears to now be working on the rest of the device. Depending on how internal pieces are laid out, Samsung’s patent shows how the bending of the device could be achieved in different ratios. For instance, the device could bend in half along the short axis or the long axis. Users may also be interested in only bending the device maybe a third of the way along an axis. Samsung’s design seems to allow for several possibilities.

You can check out some more images from Samsung that were part of the patent application by hitting the source link below.

source: Patently Mobile

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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • FlyThaiGuy

    The problem with companies putting a patent on everything is how it will be detrimental to consumers in the long run.. Putting a patent on this item in particular will limit the competition presented by other companies to further the development and enhancement of this idea in order to make it better.. And in doing so it will limit the progress of how far this particular idea could go.. Thus hurting consumers and companies at the same time.. Not smart at all

    • Vernon Denison

      The reason samsung have to put a patent on everything is because of apple. Blame apple for it not samsung, apple started this not samsung.

  • FlyThaiGuy

    To prove my point, let’s just say that the Playstation gaming console was the only gaming console. They could instill a business model much like Samsung did with their galaxy line of phones and only make each new model of phone just a little bit better than their last year’s model.. People would buy it because the Playstation would have no competition and they could dictate just how much or how how little they could make the next model better due to no other competition competing against them