Samsung patents foldable device that can be used as a smartphone, tablet and laptop

On: October 4, 2019

Samsung recently re-launched its first foldable smartphone – the Galaxy Fold, which is now available to pre-order in India. The company is already said to be working on its second foldable offering, which could possibly be called the Galaxy Fold 2. The brand has filed patents for multiple foldable devices in the past. Now, another such product from the South Korean tech giant has surfaced in patent filings. We’ve spotted a patent for a foldable device in the database of the World Intellectual Property Organisation, which can be used in multiple modes, including smartphone, tablet and laptop.

Samsung’s second foldable phone could have a screen that folds outwards

The patent has been internationally registered by Samsung’s display subsidiary. The foldable device has a large display, which folds outwards unlike the Galaxy Fold. There are two hinges onboard the smartphone which allow it to be used in multiple modes. When used in the laptop mode, a part of the display can be used as a touchscreen keyboard. At the rear, the device seems to have a kickstand that will allow it to be used in laptop mode.

Further, the patent shows that the Samsung foldable device will have several apps. These include Dialer, Email, Facebook, Music, Calculator, Calendar, Gallery and Camera. Notably, the design of the device doesn’t indicate any camera. The interface of the smartphone seems to be Android. However, we think this is just a reference design for the foldable hybrid, and the commercial product could have a different design altogether.

As of now, there’s no word on exactly when Samsung is planning to launch its second foldable smartphone. However, we can expect the brand to release the second-generation Fold in the first half of 2020.