Samsung has dreamed up a new smartphone design that can roll-out vertically like a scroll.
The Korean smartphone maker has released new images of its compelling patent for the device, dubbed the ‘Galaxy Roll’, which has a rollable display.
Samsung is still figuring out a way to release its Galaxy Fold, which has been plagued with durability issues and still doesn’t have a launch date.
Earlier in the week Samsung hinted that it could be launching its foldable ohone soon, more than one month after it was postponed.
Samsung was forced to delay the $1,980 device’s debut in April after users reported issues with the Fold’s display following just a few days of use.
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Samsung has dreamed up a new smartphone design that can roll vertically like a scroll. The tech giant has released new images of its compelling patent for the device, dubbed the ‘Galaxy Roll’, which has a rollable display
So it would seem that the rollable phone isn;t going to be released any time soon.
But the pictures, discovered by Let’s Go Digital, show off a phone that appears fairly traditional at a first glance.
But it’s actually hiding a secret rollable display inside.
According to Tech Crunch, the top houses a selfie camera and earpiece which seems able to extend outward from the phone.
This makes for a screen that folds out into a tablet screen like the Galaxy Fold.
The patent for this device was submitted in November 2018, months before the issues with the Samsung Galaxy Fold’s screen became apparent.
However rollable displays aren’t impossible.
LG is bringing its rollable OLED display to market this year, and Corning says that it’s making progress on bendable glass for phones.
Though, for what Samsung is proposing in its patent, we’re still likely years away from seeing tech like this come to phones.
Fans have questioned how durable a phone like this would even be and whether the sliding mechanism could be as vulnerable to dust particles as the Galaxy Fold was.
More than one month after it was postponed, Samsung may finally be ready to launch its folding phone. The Korean tech giant expects to announce a launch date in the ‘coming weeks’
Samsung was forced to go back to the drawing board in late April after early reviews of the Fold reported issues with the screen and hinge.
Journalists who received review units ahead of the Fold launch reported experiencing issues with the interior screen.
The next upcoming Samsung phone that everyone is excited about is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, which is rumoured to be launching in early August.
WHAT IS SAMSUNG’S ‘GALAXY X’ FOLDING SMARTPHONE?
Samsung is rumoured to be developing a phone with a bending display.
The radical gadget, expected to be called the Galaxy X, will have a 7.3-inch flexible OLED screen which folds inwards like a book.
When folded, it will work as a phone, and can be unfolded to operate as a tablet.
According to Korean site ETNews, Samsung will develop the foldable displays by March, manufacture panels in September and start manufacturing the phone itself in November.
This would mean the handset could go on sale in early 2019.
Samsung is yet to make any official announcements about the folding device.
Samsung’s Galaxy X will have a 7.3-inch flexible OLED screen which folds inwards like a book. When folded, it will work as a phone, and can be unfolded to operate as a tablet. Pictured is a Samsung patent showing how the device will work