Samsung Files a Patent for a new Smartphone that could provide users with a Unique Expandable Display
Last week the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung that reveals a twist on their past scrollable device patents that we covered here and here. One of Samsung's latest patents centers on a traditional smartphone body that could greatly expand its display to watch wide screen content by simply pulling out both the right and left retractable sides as noted below in Patent figure 2.
As you're able to see in Samsung's patent FIG. 2 above, there's a fixed display in the center of the smartphone noted as D1 that's present in FIG. 1 as well. Once the smartphone's display is expanded, the user will have two extra display portions noted above as Displays DA2 and DA3.
Samsung's patent FIG. 15 above illustrates a cross-sectional view of a reduction mode of an expandable display smartphone #500. In an expandable display device #500, the first guiding portion #25 includes a first inclined guiding portion #251 connected to the first roller housing #22, and a first flat guiding portion #252 connected to the first inclined guiding portion #251. The first inclined guiding portion allows the flexible display panel #70 to be smoothly slid by the flexible display panel being gently bent.
The second guiding portion #35 includes a second inclined guiding portion #351 connected to the second roller housing #32, and a second flat guiding portion #352 connected to the second inclined guiding portion #351. The second inclined guiding portion allows the flexible display panel to be smoothly slid by the flexible display panel being gently bent.
This type of smartphone could accommodate viewing home videos, movies, widescreen TV and playing games. The tradeoff would appear to be that the smartphone would have to be thicker than most premium smartphones today.
If coming 5G networks are available to consumers at reasonable prices over the next few years, then this specialty style of Mobile TV smartphone for viewing wide screen content could be a market hit.
Of course there are a lot of ifs associated with such a design unit, especially if a user is constantly shifting between standard smartphone mode and Mobile TV mode.
While Samsung gets a thumbs-up for an original concept, it's still just a patent at this point and time and Samsung prints out patents like a printing machine out of control.
And yet I have to say that it's one of their most original designs in some time and why I'm posting this report … just in case it ever gets the green light.
Samsung filed their U.S. patent application back in July 2017 and it was made public last week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
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