Samsung has been working on its first foldable smartphone which might be released this year. But Samsung can surprise us all by launching yet another foldable gaming phone as well. They have filed a patent for yet another foldable smartphone with a little twist to the earlier concept.
The latest design suggests you can also fold it in the opposite way, the phone is designed to suit gaming as it gives a complete control with a gamepad which is small yet is comfortable.
Samsung last month displayed the so-called Galaxy Fold or Galaxy F which comes with a larger flexible screen fold inside. It looked like it was missing a second more traditional touch screen on the outside to be used as a phone even when folded.
Apparently, the new design shows a screen which can be folded outside. This makes the device more useable either folded or without folding it. It also provides a handy solution to the problem of leaving a gap in the fold, as the screen can’t fold completely flat. The design also helps to reduce the chances of damage as the screen is not exposed outside.
Not much can be learned from the patent available, though the edges of the device the “bottom part” that folds up to reveal physical controls. There is a D-pad on the left side and six buttons on the right. It is possible to use the smartphone in both phone and tablet mode easily as the controller edge folds up nicely.
It is too early to confirm if the patent will be part of the real device, as it all depends on how it turns out at the time of release. The patent design fails to impress as the size of the buttons seems to be cramped when in use. Again the controller edge folds a section of the screen which seems a bit unwanted. Let’s hope Samsung ends up getting it right before such a foldable gaming phone becomes a reality.
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