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Samsung Files Patent for Bendable Smartphone Display

by Jed John 10

Reports from South Korea indicates that Samsung Electronics Co., through one of its affiliate Samsung Display Co., has filed for registration in the United States, a patent for bendable displays. Samsung Display Co. which is responsible for providing panels for Samsung was said to have filed a patent application for the technology to manufacture flexible displays with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on September 27. This news according to industry sources could only mean Samsung may possibly launch foldable smartphones in the near future.

Samsung bendable display

Samsung had featured in earlier rumors as far back as June when similar patent was filed with the US patent office. The rumor suggested that the South Korean giant was working on a foldable smartphone which would be released by early 2017. While the chances of the device dropping early 2017 isn’t very feasible at present, there is the possibility now that Samsung really wants to develop bendable smartphones.

Sansung foldable smartphone

Samsung has been trying out ways of reducing its display sizes and did a marvelous on the Galaxy Note 7 which featured a 5.7-inch display on a very slim body build. Samsung achieved this by using a curved display and very thin display bezels. This recent patent registration could a sign that the company is taking things further in providing large displays in compact body.

This recent patent isn’t the first Samsung is registering in this regard, as the tech giant is said to have registered 30 related patents with the US patent office with 14 of them coming in this year alone. These patents have in some cases been registered in South Korea and other countries and some of them are said to have been made public years back. The technology would make it possible for the organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays which Samsung uses, to fold and bend inwards just like a pocket wallet.

While Samsung’s bendable smartphone technology might not become commercial in the first quarter of next year, there are reports also that Samsung is considering introducing two different models featuring the technology in two different designs as early as next February during the Mobile World Congress which would take place in Barcelona, Spain.

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Looks like other smartphone makers like Lenovo and OPPO could beat Samsung in the race for who releases the bendable smartphone first, though. Lenovo had unveiled its own bendable smartphone at the Lenovo Tech World event earlier this year and later teased the device just before the IFA Berlin 2016. Chinese emerging market pacesetter OPPO also has a foldable smartphone prototype in its kitty which folds like Samsung’s.


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  • Rob

    The battery is what worries me, how are they going to make it large enough for a day’s use and bendable without exploding???

    • Assefa Hanson

      true, what if they make the batteries segmented like multiple rectangular pieces with their own connection points that are put into places where the bending points are so essentially the batteries arent bent at all

      • Rob

        But would u trust a connection that is constantly being folded over and over again? Can’t see how it would survive long term.

        • Muhammad Yasir

          would be interesting to see how electronics reacts to this…

        • Assefa Hanson

          i want to trust it, im a sucker for innovation XD

    • bobo

      Why do you need to bend the battery? Only middle of the phone will bend & flex…This is not a piece of paper LOL. Just put the battery on either side of the hinges smart boy.
      Why do you think Samsung taking so long to release it? Their flexible phones are probably under long term durability test now and design refinement to improve the durability.
      I can bet both Oppo & Lenovo won’t be able to release their flexible phone anytime soon by looking at their really rough prototype…so many issues not yet fix or iron out. The most obvious is the crumb up surface of the screen…look like cheap plastic film…No one is going to buy it….no matter how cheap it is LOL

      • Rob

        I didn’t mean the battery would bend, I said I wouldn’t trust any connection to be continually folded as fatigue would set in and eventually fail. The only way around it works be for both halves to have a separate battery. Another thing that worries me is the thickness of the phone when the phone is folded, would be double what we’re currently use to.

  • Muhammad Yasir

    plz b chep

    • Rob

      Keep dreaming!

      • Muhammad Yasir