Samsung's Latest Patent Suggests The Company Is Working On A Flexible Smartphone

Samsung is a huge corporation, this Korean tech giant is very well known for its TVs, refrigerators, microwaves, smartphones, tablets, etc. They really manufacture a lot of different stuff, and Samsung even makes hardware components for their smartphones, well, most of the hardware components at least. You probably also know that Samsung manufactures their own AMOLED mobile displays. This company has been experimenting with curved and flexible displays for quite some time now, their latest smartphone with a curved display is the Galaxy S6 Edge, the company's newest flagship.

This Korea-based company has recently been awarded a patent for a flexible display which can bend with utmost ease it seems. This patent relates to a 'completely flexible electronic device which could have a flexible frame with a determined radius of curvature'. We've been talking about a flexible smartphone for a long time now, but making one seemed kind of impossible considering that you'd need the internals to be flexible as well, not to mention its frame would have to flex as well. This patent listing actually reveals quite a few details, it says that the frame may be formed of a synthetic resin, a metallic material, a glass and Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastic (GFRP) and a Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP). The phone would be able to return to its original, non-flexed, state on its own, after you stop applying the force to flex it, fo course.

Samsung has filed for this patent with the USPTO (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) back in the second quarter of 2014. You can get more information about this patent if you follow the source link down below. This sounds really interesting, but keep in mind that this is just a patent, and it remains to be seen what Samsung intends to do with it. It would be unfair to expect the company to release such a handset out to the market anytime soon, although who knows, Samsung really likes to experiment with different materials and designs, we'll see. Do you think that such a device might become a reality in the near future, or is the technology just not there yet?

 

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