Samsung has patented a Galaxy Z Flip & Side smartphone with an extendable screen

Source: LetsGoDigital

Samsung, like most other companies, patents hundreds, if not thousands, of unique ideas every year. Last year we saw a foldable smartphone with a sliding display unit, and recently we saw a weird L-shaped foldable and flexible smartphone. A new patent has recently been discovered that shows a multifolding smartphone, which looks like a Galaxy Z Flip and Slide smartphone.

Samsung’s new foldable smartphone patent was discovered by LetsGoDigital, which also showed what the Galaxy Z Flip & Slide device might look like in real life. It seems that Samsung plans to develop a device that is not only foldable but also expandable. The screen, when placed on a flat surface, would provide a long and high screen area, which could be folded, similar to the Galaxy Z Flip 3 smartphone.

Samsung Electronics filed for WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) in September 2021, and the 80-page documentation describes the device as a “multi-folding electronic device”. (translated automatically). The patent appears to offer similar looks and functionality to the Galaxy Z Flip 3, but the entire panel is also said to be expandable, providing a much larger surface area.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and Slide
Source: LetsGoDigital

The middle screen would also be foldable and could be placed vertically to provide a unique look, which could be used for playing games with others or watching videos. It reminds us of the battleship game, where each player has to hide their screen from their opponent, which this device would be excellent to play with due to its form factor.

The crease seems to be very neat, and it’s interesting to see Samsung toying with such an idea. Samsung has announced that it will be developing a Flex OLED display with 1.4R curvature, and it’s possible the company already has work units with such hinge mechanisms and sharp foldable screens.

What do you think of this unique collapsible display stand? Do you think it could be useful in some cases? Let us know in the comments!

Samsung Galaxy ZFlip 3

Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the phone to get if you fancy trying out the foldable form factor without breaking the bank.