Samsung wins patent for foldable phone; is a launch imminent?

Samsung has been awarded a patent for a smartphone with a foldable screen which will let you fold it like those good old flip phones.

The foldable screen will allow Samsung to develop new phones with much larger screens than in their current devices.

The fact that Samsung is working on a smartphone with a flexible display which can be folded has been known to us since 2014. Back then, Lee-Chang Hoon, VP of Samsung Display’s business strategic team, said to Samsung's investors that the company was working on a product 'that has a flexible display' and which it intended to launch by the end of 2014. While that didn't occur, it seems that the company hasn't abandoned its dream of developing foldable display screens.

Samsung has now been awarded a patent for a foldable smartphone display which lets users fold it to reduce the phone's size. The screen can be folded or semi-folded at various curve points depending upon how you want to view it. You can either fold it in half before putting it in your pocket, semi-fold it to place it on a table with the display sitting up like a laptop and the digital keyboard lying down or just fold it like a book while reading your e-books.

According to Sammobile, Samsung is keen to launch its first smartphone with a foldable display, which indicates that the product may already be undergoing testing in its labs. The blog says that it may be available in two variants, with one featuring a Snapdragon 620 processor while the other featuring the new Snapdragon 820 chip. Aside from the chips, the phone will arrive with 3GB of RAM, a non-removable battery and a MicroSD card slot.

Apart from the foldable phone, Samsung is also reportedly set to launch a new flip phone which it will name the Galaxy Folder 2. Galaxy Folder 2 is slated to feature 8GB of storage, 2GB of RAM and a 1.4 GHz processor which puts it in a category of most budget phones in terms of performance. The phone may also feature 5-MP and 2-MP cameras, a 2,000 mAh battery, a MicroSD slot and may run on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS one launched.

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