New patent reveals more of Samsung's triple-display folding phone

midian182

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Forward-looking: Since the original Galaxy Fold’s disastrous launch, folding phones have vastly improved. The Samsung Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 are proving so popular that the Korean firm has plans for a new device in the same category: a double-hinged handset with three separate displays.

LetsGoDigital spotted a recently awarded Samsung patent that describes a double-folding phone. The device closes in a Z shape, much like the dual-hinged prototype that TCL showed off in 2019, meaning one of the three main displays doubles as an outer screen with the phone is closed.

That outer display has an in-screen fingerprint sensor, while the rear features a triple-camera setup. It also comes with a USB connector and even an HDMI port. The patent shows how only the front and rear parts contain important internal components, such as the batteries.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Samsung planning to add a third screen to a foldable. Tipster Yogesh claimed in April that such a device with improved Ultra-thin glass was in the works. There was also another patent with a different design, and Samsung showed off an early prototype in August.

While folding devices are essentially both phones and tablets in one, those with three screens appear even more slate-like when fully opened. There are certainly some questions over their practicality—expect them to be pretty chunky when closed—and durability.

But it seems that consumers have an appetite for phones that transform into tablet-like devices, so we could be looking at the future of the mobile industry. It’ll be interesting to see how rollable phones fit into all this; we recently saw a patent that's both a folding and a rollable device.

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QuantumPhysics

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When you have a phone the size of iPhone 13 Pro Max or a Galaxy Note that still fits in one hand, you don’t really need a folding Phablet.

The efficiency of one handed operation on a Candybar style phone can’t be understated.

Folding phones are an answer to a question nobody asked.
 

YouShallNotPass

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yRaz

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I can't wait to see the comments section filled up with paying saying how they're dumb and no one is buying them.
Is there a chance a crease could develop over time from repeated folding? Or a line of dead pixels?
Both of those are real possibilities, but the crease is more a limitation on how flexible we can make glass. I believe it was Samsung who claimed that you can get diminished brightness over the fold but you need specialized equipment to measure it.
 

p51d007

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When you have a phone the size of iPhone 13 Pro Max or a Galaxy Note that still fits in one hand, you don’t really need a folding Phablet.

The efficiency of one handed operation on a Candybar style phone can’t be understated.

Folding phones are an answer to a question nobody asked.


I wish they made them WIDER not NARROW. I get it though...the narrow versions allow one handed use. But, if they made them wider, you couldn't easily text & drive.
 

Ludak021

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Initially, folding screens were a huge success. Hence, triple folding screen, for even more durability.