SAMSUNG FILES PATENT DESIGNS FOR FOLDABLE SMARTPHONE WITH SLIDING KEYBOARD

Some patent designs filed by Samsung have revealed that the South Korean tech firm plans to incorporate more folds and a sliding keyboard in their future models. Dutch publication LetsGoDigital has brought to surface a Samsung Display patent filed in Korea in 2018. Although the folding system resembles the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, the dual-folding design might not be restricted to a smartphone device. This is because the product will have the screen area of a tablet when both the folds open up.

This is understandable given the last foldable smartphone, Galaxy Z Fold 2, featured a 7.7-inch sAMOLED primary display. Also, the design sketches suggest that one portion of the dual-folding screens will be able to prop itself up like a mini laptop. A sliding keyboard goes well with this plan. The patent designs are reflective to say that the keyboard will come with touch keys, unlike the old school Blackberry sliding keyboard setup that came with hard tap keys.

The report brought the sketches to real-like renders that look at the upcoming Samsung devices. None of the sketches reveal the backplate of the product, so the rear camera arrangement remains unknown. But a single front camera is visible on the device’s right flank. The publication also has a name for the product —  Galaxy Z Fold 3, as they think it will be a successor to their existing Fold series.

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