Samsung’s passion for folding smartphone devices continues to be on show. Following the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Fold 5G in February, the South Korean company has been busy filing and publishing patents for a range of devices.
One of the latest documents published suggests that Samsung is working on a more budget-friendly folding smartphone.
Ilse Jurrien has taken a closer look at the recent design patent to find out more:
“Samsung Electronics filed a design patent with The Hague International Designs Bulletin on 9 May 2019. The patent called “Mobile telephone” was approved on November 15, 2019 and includes, in addition to a brief description, about 35 images…
“The design differs from the current Fold, but also from the developing clamshell Fold. This new device can perhaps best be described as a broad folding phone. You can fold the device horizontally. Folded open creates a fairly wide and long flexible screen.
“…The first design in particular seems to be a good addition to the Galaxy Fold 2 that is currently being developed. After all, not everyone will prefer a folding phone design, with a narrow elongated screen. If Samsung decides to also release a foldable tablet, consumers will retain the choice to also opt for a larger screen size.”
To go with the patent, Jurrien and the team at Let’s Go Digital have put together a number of images and renders of the potential device.
As well as the cutting edge technology that led to a delay in releasing the handset for public sale, the other notable feature of the first Galaxy Fold was the launch price. Coming in at close to $2000, this was a price that reflected both the cutting edge technology and the presumably shorter production runs when compared to the Galaxy S and Galaxy A product lines.
So it makes sense that Samsung would – after another year of experience with filing displays, look to broaden the market out to more consumers with a cheaper device. Stripping out the secondary screen and reducing the build cost, coupled with production efficiencies through experience, all contributing to a larger manufacturing run could see the price point come down during 2020, perhaps to the point where an ‘entry-level’ device such as the concept here is closer in price to the major flagships,
Author: Ewan Spence