In addition to working on its next-gen Galaxy devices and the new TWS earphones, Samsung is now working on a new kind of smartphone, following the trend for flexible displays. According to a recent patent, the Seoul-based tech giant is now working on a one-of-a-kind smartphone that comes with a wraparound display and transparent casing.
The report comes from popular Dutch media, LetsGoDigital, and claims that Galaxy smartphone makers have filed a patent on a one-of-a-kind device for the company with a wraparound screen and unique sliding mechanism. The 70-page patent, loosely called “Electronic Device,” states that there will be no physical buttons on the device and it will have a 100% screen-to-body ratio
100% screen and a sliding camera
The device will have no bezel and there will be screen space everywhere. Also, Samsung claims that they will use a transparent case for the device. The company can use transparent acrylic or polymeric materials that can transmit light to make this special housing.
So this, according to the patent, can open up many possibilities for the device. For example, the device could be adapted to an environment (like a chameleon) by combining the transparent housing and the array of external camera sensors.
Now, speaking of the sensors, the device comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor and an under-display camera sensor on the front. However, as the device is primarily a screen, both front and rear, the company hid the main rear camera behind the unique sliding mechanism I mentioned earlier. So at first glance, the rear camera wouldn’t be visible to users until they slid down the wraparound display a bit.
So, as you can imagine, Samsung’s potentially revolutionary device will look quite futuristic for consumers. However, the chances of the device hitting the market in the near future are quite low as it is still in its concept stage.
Nonetheless, it is always good to see what the major players in the smartphone industry are doing with future smartphones. And according to the report, Samsung, when it launches the device, could add it to the Galaxy Z Fold series.
You can also see the realistic rendering of said Samsung device in the video above, which was made by the folks at LetsGoDigital based on the device’s patent drawings.
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