13 Jun 2019
Samsung patent reveals phone design with rollable display
In the latest such development, the South Korean tech giant has patented a smartphone with a rollable display that can be pulled out for a larger screen surface.
Here's all about the patent.
What the patent reveals about this ambitious design
Samsung's patent reveals a design which pretty much looks like a regular smartphone of yesteryear with a conventional rectangular display, thick bezels, and a stocky form factor.
But the magic is on the inside where a rollable display is hidden. This secondary display can be pulled out using a slider system to offer an increased surface area with a rather unprecedented aspect ratio.
Is the design feasible? What are its use cases?
Yes, rollable displays are very much real and feasible. In fact, LG is already working to sell a TV with a rollable OLED screen sometime this year.
As for use cases, it'll be interesting to see how creators make content for such a novel display on a smartphone. As of now, one can think of the classic Tetris game or something like Temple Run.
When will Samsung release a phone with rollable display?
While a patent filing doesn't guarantee that a product is in the works, it certainly does weigh in on the idea of a possibility.
Will Samsung ever release a phone like this? We don't know. But surely, the patent is a good indication that the company is working on new designs and applications as it aims to take lead in this futuristic foldable form-factor.
Meanwhile, Samsung is working on a phone with wrap-around display
On a related note, another Samsung patent suggested that the company is working on a phone with a wrap-around display.
It will be like a dual-screen smartphone wherein the main screen will extend through the top and cover 3/4th of the device on the rear.
Interestingly, the screen area could be used for live translations, smart notifications, and more.