Now that we've grown used to seeing smartphones with curved screens, what's next? Samsung seems to think that the next big hardware innovation is going to arrive with foldable handsets. Back in 2015, the company was rumored to out its first such device this year, but that hasn't happened and apparently won't happen before December 31. A report from April said the first Samsung foldable phone, codenamed Project Valley, would instead show up in 2017.
Throughout all of this, we've never seen what said device will end up looking like. Until now, that is. Thanks to a patent application uncovered today, the three renders and one sketch you can see in the images below have been made public. And what do you know, they all depict a foldable smartphone.
If this catches on, it will basically be the return of the flip phone, only with one huge bendable screen. The hinge design is very reminiscent of what Microsoft's done for its Surface Book laptop, which unfortunately means the two parts of the phone won't be parallel when closed. The front of the handset features the classic Samsung Home button in between a Back button on the right and a Menu button on the left, the latter having been retired years ago. This kind of tells you how long Samsung's been working on this project.
The display's aspect ratio looks like it's 21:9 or close to that, and it will be interesting to see how useful all of that screen real estate will turn out to be given how tall and narrow it is. The Project Valley smartphone might be marketed under the name Galaxy X.
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and the need for this is? I don't know why Samsung cant just sort there operating system and there overall usability out. I used to be a big Samsung fan but ever since the note 7 and galaxy s7 its gone down hill. Note 7 was a complete fail iPhone 6s ...
innovate more??? other than samsung which android manufacturer is innovating?? which manufacture had the first 2k display? and the curved edge displays?? the ultrapixel focusing?? integrated theme service??? and what about the wireless charging?? or ...
Folding a Phone should be to reduce its size ... That is a 6 inch phone becomes 3 inch size in pocket . making it a 21:9 is stupid !