Samsung is working on a new foldable smartphone a patent filed by the company has revealed.
The appearance is nothing like that of the old “clamshell” design of the Motorola Razr, instead it looks like a regular smartphone that can be folded in half when it is not being used.
The fact that the device is able to fold is largely down to Samsung’s flexible OLED screens and, according to Patent Mobile, this particular technology has seen vast improvements over the last 12 months.
The patent shows that when the smartphone is folded in half it has a connector port which is generally expected to be used for charging.
The lack of any exposed ports when the device is in use means that it is also likely to be water resistant although how water resistant it will be when not in use is unclear.
Along with the phone, a charging cradle is also shown in the patent. This only appears to work when the phone is folded in half.
The idea of a folding smartphone is not new and indeed Samsung has been looking at the idea since back in 2013 when they released a rather cringe worthy video showing how the folding screen would be used in practice.
It is too early to speculate when or even if the devices will be available in the shops.
Samsung flexible display concept
Source: Patently Mobile