There is news of Samsung filing a patent with the USPTO back in April, which had details about a foldable smartphone display that supports stylus input. The patent was approved in August and was consecutively filed in the World Intellectual Property office.
The patent diagrams suggest that the new foldable device will have a display, which can be folded both ways instead of just folding inwards. The sketches don’t give us an idea about the camera placement, but they can be placed on both the front as well as the back panel.
The device displayed in the patent sketch doesn’t have a secondary outside display like the current Galaxy Fold. The main element of the new foldable smartphone is the stylus support. We have renders of the rumored device based on the patent illustrations by LetsGoDigital.
Stylus Input on a Foldable Smartphone
The patent contains information regarding stylus input on a foldable display. The new device will be able to recognize touches as well as stylus input on both the screens and the folding crease too. The stylus will be fully functional when the device is folded partially like a laptop. This feature will allow for new levels of multitasking and productivity applications.
This technology will make it possible for a user to drag a window or icon from one application open of one of the displays to another application opened on the second display. It will essentially make the smartphone function like a multi-monitor PC. The stylus can also be used to seamlessly write across the fold if the user wants to do so.
The patent suggests that the stylus can be used irrespective of whether the screen is folded inwards or outwards or not folded at all. However, the patent doesn’t mention where the stylus can be placed. A good guess would be that Samsung will go with the magnetic attachment of the stylus.
Merging Galaxy Note and Galaxy Fold lineups
The new device may prove to be good for Samsung’s sales since the Galaxy Note series of smartphones receive good reception. The Galaxy Fold smartphone, however, had a mixed reception due to its fragility and new concept. Merging both the Galaxy Note and Fold smartphones into one may be the way to go for Samsung. Consumers are always skeptical of devices with entirely new concepts like the Galaxy Fold but adding a new foldable feature to the Galaxy Note may be received well.