A patent discovered by Dutch tech blog LetsGoDigital shows a possible successor to the Samsung Galaxy Fold. The site offers a bunch of slick 3D renders of designs that Samsung could use with the Galaxy Fold 2 smartphone. The patent was found in the databases of the EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) and the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) and were filed recently.
The patent shows (among others) a foldable device with a symmetrical screen that folds outward. With this device, the notch is positioned in the centre. Another version shows a phone with a folding line not placed vertically, but horizontally. The phone folds up into a narrow device, much like the PDA’s from the old days.
Thwart the competition
It remains to be seen if these devices will really come to market. Large companies like Samsung tend to patent the hell out of every little feature or design idea they think of, in order to thwart the competition and prevent having to pay royalties to other manufacturers. Patents often don’t materialise in real world products.