Last week Samsung was granted several major smartphone design patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The new designs cover super-wide displays that fold when the smartphone is closed. It's like having two 5.7" displays side-by-side when opened which will allow the new smartphones to be ready for the Live TV era and provide a superior experience for movies on the go. Of course the designs will also be great for multitasking which was covered in recent Samsung utility patent here. Today, Samsung will be introducing their new Samsung Galaxy S7 in Barcelona Spain which is likely to be an evolutionary upgrade. With Apple's iPhone 7 rumored to be a major leap forward in design and features, Samsung may be preparing for a major shift of their own if they're able to introduce their next generation smartphone form factors as presented in our Patently Mobile report.
Samsung's smartphones first experienced their rise to fame when they got the leap on Apple with the world's first phablet. It took Apple years before they delivered the iPhone 6 with a 5.5" display. It would appear that Samsung is hoping to find that next edge on Apple and their work over the last few years point to their vision of delivering either a dual-display smartphone or one with a super-wide bendable display. If they get it right, they could put pressure back on Apple. Will they be able to pull it off in 2017? Only time will tell.
In January we posted a report titled "This Year's Camera Trend for Smartphones will be Dual Cameras and it's likely to Debut on the iPhone 7 Plus." The dual camera trend is noted as one that Samsung is interested in and in the patent figure noted above we're able to see this very feature built into their foldable smartphone design. So the race to deliver dual camera systems on mobile devices appears to be ready to take off.