Samsung patented a double-folded phone, and it looks crazy

As the patent shows, the dual-pane smartphone could succeed the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 with an insane look.

A patent filed by Samsung suggests the company consider a dual-pane smartphone with two hinges and three displays. At present, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 are the most popular foldable smartphones in the world. Both of these smartphones feature Samsung’s finest foldable display technology to date. They launched on August 11, 2021, during the first part of the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event.

Samsung’s ambition for foldable smartphones is reflected in the company’s two-year struggle to develop sustainable design. The first foldable smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Fold, was released by the company in 2019. However, the device had many shortcomings. For example, it had a rather soft screen that was prone to scratches and permanent pressure marks. Also, the screen was not as durable as a smartphone screen should be. Nonetheless, Samsung has come a long way since then and shipped four times as many Galaxy Z Series smartphones in 2021 than in 2020.


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While Samsung is reportedly working on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 smartphones, a patent released on December 23, 2021 suggests the company is working on a double-fold smartphone as well. The patent was filed by Samsung in June 2021 with the World Intellectual Property Organization. He was first spotted by a LetsGoDigital. The patent contains 42 pages of information about an “electronic device” and makes the current Samsung Galaxy Z series of foldable smartphones obsolete.

The triple hinged fold is wild

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3

The patent reveals a generous amount of details about Samsung’s dual-pane smartphone. For starters, the smartphone contains three screens that would be foldable using two hinges, one part of which will fold inward and the other outward forming a Z shape. Such a design has been seen on a patent from OnePlus that surfaced in November 2021. When fully unfolded, the double-fold smartphone could be used as a tablet, providing a large screen for the user. When folded, the smartphone will be much thicker and heavier than regular devices. Plus, since it has three screens, one would stay on top when the smartphone is folded.

More details revealed by the patent include the presence of a triple rear camera as well as an additional display on the rear. In addition, the device also has a built-in camera (like that of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3) and a fingerprint sensor. The patent also mentions that Samsung’s dual-shutter smartphone will support the S Pen and have an HDMI port. It’s important to note that Samsung already presented the prototype of a multi-fold smartphone during Display Week 2021 last May and filed a patent for a sliding panel smartphone. The current line of foldable smartphones from Samsung has a hinge (in the center of the screen) that allows the smartphone to fold in half.

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