Samsung seems to want to show a brand that has different innovations from existing ones. After releasing a folding screen smartphone, Samsung will be ready with a smartphone design that is quite unique, even has a quite strange impression.
Entitled Electronic Device Capable of Folding and slideing operations, this patent file describes a device that has two designs in one phone.
Dubbed the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold & Slide by LetsGoDigital, the device comes from a June 10, 2021 Samsung Electronics patent filed with WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) for ‘Electronic device capable of folding and sliding operations’ published on December 16, 2021.
The device has a mechanism that allows the screen to expand horizontally by sliding, but also includes a hinge that allows the screen to be partially folded in up to 4 positions.
The purpose of such a complex mechanism may not be clear, but the patent covers several uses.
When flat and extended, of course it has a larger tablet-style screen, but when folded to various degrees it resembles a notebook, with the sloping surface serving as the screen and the horizontal portion used for controls, such as the keyboard, music and video controls, or even the writing surface. The UI will change dynamically based on the position of the slider and hinge.
The device will have a regular rear camera as well as an under-display camera in the upper right corner of the screen, making it usable for video conferencing in a “laptop” position.
This design may immediately raise the question of whether the product will really be worked on and realized. Many patents are only kept as archives.