Samsung has been working on flexible displays for smartphones since several years now. LG and Apple are also said to be working on flexible displays. The Korean tech giant did come out with Samsung Galaxy Round that had a curved display, but it was not truly flexible. We had heard earlier that the company plans to come out with foldable displays in 2015.
Now as reported by Patently Mobile, a recent patent filed by Samsung with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) indicates that Samsung has invented a truly flexible smartphone in which not only the display, but the frame is also totally flexible. The frame can bend forward or backward easily and would be made from metal, synthetic resin, glass, Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) and Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastic (GFRP).
It is worth noting that Samsung had filed the patent application way back in Q2 of 2014 but the USPTO has published it only this month. The patent images published by Patently Mobile show that apart from the flexible display and frame, Samsung’s flexible smartphone will have a flexible battery pack consisting of multiple battery cells coupled together with electrical coupling such as a coaxial cable.
The handset may also have a camera that could be used for video capture and video conferencing. It could also include 2 or more cameras for 3D images. The frame of the handset would be so designed that some of its parts would be able to open up and then grip and lock to the user’s clothing like a clip. The user won’t have to wear a clip, band or a strap to hold the smartphone while on the move like running etc.
Hopefully, USPTO will grant this patent to Samsung and such a truly flexible smartphone will come into the market soon. What say you?