Foldable phone aside, Samsung receives patent for a tri-folding tablet

Last week, Samsung finally previewed its foldable display called Infinity Flex, with the device sporting that screen slated for launch early next year with a rumored price tag of $1,770. In addition to the foldable smartphone, however, it seems the South Korean tech giant is also working on a folding tablet.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted Samsung a patent for a tri-folding tablet design (see image above). According to the patent document, obtained by Dutch tech news site Mobiel kopen, Samsung filed the application in June 2016, though it received a patent for the same design in South Korea a year earlier.

The folding device being envisioned obviously sports a large display, of which folding mechanism mainly relies on two hinges that divide it into three sections. The left-most partition of the display can also be folded behind the rest so that the device becomes smaller for easier one-hand gripping, as shown in the image below. This makes that portion of the screen inactive, though.

Besides the front, sides, and rear perspective views of the folding tablet, there's not much to be glimpsed from the document. There's also no certainty whether this concept will ever make it to production. But the latest patent highlights Samsung's growing confidence in foldable devices as the next big thing in the mobile race.

Source: Mobiel kopen

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