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.
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source: Patently Mobile