Samsung is the leading manufacturer of foldable smartphones on the market and continues to bet on different looks and alternative technologies to further democratize the segment. Last week, a new company patent was approved by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and shows a flexible device very similar to the first Galaxy Fold, but with the same folding mechanism as rival Huawei Mate Xs.
The patent images, reproduced by the Dutch website LetsGoDigital, show a foldable smartphone with three possible design options: two new ones with a foldable screen available on the outside, such as the Huawei Mate Xs, and one with the main display on the inside, similar to the current Galaxy Z Fold 2.
In the first two visuals, there is a kind of cut in the upper right corner, where the camera system is placed on top when the smartphone is folded. According to the patent, the idea is that the user has at least one camera available for use, regardless of the position in which the cell phone is.
The third design is more like the first Galaxy Fold, with the screen folding inward and the notch in the upper region to house the sensors.
Galaxy Z Fold Lite?
At first glance, these visuals may seem like a step back from the previous generation, which already has a hole in the screen and thinner edges, but it can be an alternative to make the display cheaper in a possible more affordable Galaxy Z Fold.
Recently, Samsung Display, a division of the South Korean group responsible for the production of screens, also registered a patent in South Korea for a flexible smartphone that not only has two folds, but also allows you to rotate one of the joints in two different directions. Check out all the details of the patent below:
As this is all about a patent, there is no guarantee that Samsung will, in fact, launch a more affordable foldable phone, but it is interesting to see that the company has been trying to further democratize the folding segment.