Samsung has obtained at least one more patent for an "Electronic Device Having Flexible Display," but this one may be a bit different than those previously applied for. That's because this particular patent, filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) under publication number 20180103132, covers more than just another smartphone. In fact, it seems to apply to a device that could work as a smartphone, tablet, or wearable. What's more, it's designed around a device that seems to suggest its use could extend far beyond any of those use cases. Samsung describes the device as a single device that includes a large flexible display comprised of three "bodies." The first and third of those are much thicker than the center portion, allowing for rotation and folding.
Breaking down what that means by examining the associated diagrams and design images, this appears to be for a transformable smartphone. When closed, the device would look and function like a fairly standard smartphone. When extended or unfolded, that display would extend to form what is effectively a very long Samsung smartphone with the thicker portions acting as handholds. That could serve a number of functions. Not least of all, it would provide a place for the user's hands to interact with what's on the display, while not covering the display. However, it would also form a much larger display for navigation and other dashboard uses when mounted in a vehicle. Samsung takes that segmentation further by showing how the layout could be used to fold the device into something akin to a desk clock. Using a similar fold, the device would also be wearable as a smartwatch. Taking things further still, the final diagrams from Samsung show the flexible screen tech being used in a tablet form, which can fold into and out of a smartphone-like device.
The patent in question was published on April 12, after having been filed near the middle of 2017. So it bears mention that it may or may not ever actually see use by the company and it's probably best not to get one's hopes up. Having said that, this is one of those more rare patents that could equate to something revolutionary if it's implemented in the way it's been portrayed.