Samsung patents foldable phone that bends outwards

While the Samsung Galaxy Fold ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/samsung_galaxy_fold-9523.php) will mark the first device in the manufacturer’s lineup with a foldable display, we know ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/samsung_planning_two_more_foldable_smartphones-news-35861.php) more offerings are on the way and one of them will be folding outwards. A new Samsung patent published on WIPO in January 2019 shows what that one might look like.

From the patent sketches, the device appears fairy compact even when fully opened. The hinge in the middle which allows the device to extend into full-screen mode and more interestingly securely lock into place via a small slider lock on the back of the device. This mechanism would seemingly prevent from unwanted folds yet its remains to be seen how it will hold up with everyday use.

Patent sketches revealing the hinge and folding mechanism (Source: WIPO) ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/samsung_foldable_phone_bends_outwards-news-35947.php#) Patent sketches revealing the hinge and folding mechanism (Source: WIPO)
Patent sketches revealing the hinge and folding mechanism

Details regarding the rest of the components such as cameras and ports are not visible at this point. While it remains to be seen when Samsung plans to go further with this unique design, the previous report had it that the company will only release such a design in the later parts of 2020.

Source ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/samsung_foldable_phone_bends_outwards-news-35947.php#) (in Dutch)

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Marshmallow Android is BT Ireland’s Head of Sales for Republic of Ireland domestic multi-site companies, indigenous MNCs and public sector accounts. He is responsible for the direction and control of all sales activity in the region. He has over 10 years management experience from high growth start-ups to more established businesses. He’s led teams in Ireland, India and China across various industries (ICT, On-Line Recruitment, Corporate Training and International Education).