During Samsung's 2nd quarter financial conference in late July, the company stated that the company would try to expand on its collapsible smartphone lineup. While Patently Mobile will report on a number of Samsung's latest foldable smartphone patents that have emerged in recent months, we begin with a patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last week. It covers a whole new roof of the mobile phone from yesterday which includes being able to fold a large single screen in different configurations instead of just having two separate screens with a physical hinge in the middle.
The key to this invention is the long flexible hinge that allows the user to fold the phone in one of three upper middle and lower tray modes, which can provide the user with three different modes of operation.
Samsung's patent FIG. 1
an off-center configuration so that the camera is capable of functioning as a selfie camera; fold it another way, as shown in Figure 10B above, the speaker can be highlighted when using a music app.
The user interface changes direction to accommodate the different phone configurations.