A new patent application by Samsung suggests the company could be working on an “Expandable” phone design with a rollable screen. The patent suggests the design could involve a screen that bends inside the device itself, around a roller.
We have managed to unearth the patent filed by the company at WIPO as “Sliding Expandable Display.” The patent also mentions that a portion of the flexible display may be bent or rolled inside.
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Samsung is not the first brand to go towards rollable display, which is expected to be the next step towards future smartphones after foldable display. Previously, we reported LG’s Rollable display concept (after the company took retirement from the smartphone manufacturing department).
We also reported a patent for a phone filed by Samsung with a motorized rolling mechanism and a patent that lets users expand the size of the display on their devices. Xiaomi has also patented a similar concept and OPPO’s X 2021 is a phone with a screen that can expand via a motorized mechanism according to the user’s needs.
Why Are Brands Focusing Towards Rollable Display?
The use of hinges is one of the most significant difficulties with today’s more advanced smartphone screens. The most crucial component also becomes the Achilles’ heel in these smartphones, as demonstrated by the first-generation Samsung Galaxy Fold. The hinge provides an entry point for small dust to pass, weakening it over time.
Rolling screens, unlike foldable phones, do not have a hinge. These devices no longer have to worry about the wear and tear that comes with the hinge. A hinge-free screen also guarantees a crease-free screen.
The foldable phone is a likely product in the near future, and this patent might be used in a future handset. It’s also likely that Samsung would never manufacture a phone with such a design, as is the case with many patents.
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