Has Samsung revealed the designs under consideration for the Galaxy Fold? 

Ahead of an expected relaunch of the folding smartphone at Berlin’s IFA in September, a new design patent filed this month shows the thoughts of the South Korean company in terms of hinge placement

The design patents were first reported by Ilse Jurrien at Let’s Go Digital, who have provided Forbes with this exclusive concept rendering of the new design.

Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 concept render (Lets Go Digital)

Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 concept render (Lets Go Digital) LETS GO DIGITAL

What has caught my eye about these patents is the filing dates. They were published on August 26 2019, but filed just twelve days previously, on August 14. Given the re-engineering of the hinge that Samsung has been addressing since the postponed launch of the original Galaxy Fold Foldable Phone, the timing of this patent is curious.

The patents cover a number of form factors for folding smartphones. There are left-handed and right-handed models which fold much like the spine of a book, in a similar way to the current Galaxy Fold Foldable Phone.

There is also a horizontal folding phone that opens up like an A-frame easel. More


Ewan Spence

Ewan Spence

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