In less than a month the Galaxy Unpacked Event will take place, where the high-end Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series will be unveiled. The new launch date for the Galaxy Fold may also be announced around the same period. Right after that, we’re probably going to back to waiting for the Galaxy S11. Usually the S-series is just a simple, bland flagship device, but if these new renders are true, we might be in for a surprise.
Now, Samsung annually records a large number of patents to protect future smartphone designs and technologies. Sometimes the designs are so futuristic that an actual market introduction will take years, or will never happen. This time, however, the Korean manufacturer has had a design patent filed that seems to be a little easier to realize. It seems to be a very effective solution to get a bigger display into your pocket.
Since it is a design patent, there is unfortunately no detailed description included that answers the question how this smartphone can be pulled out. The images do show that the Galaxy S11 screen on the right is enlarged. The frame border around the screen also shifts partially, so that the flexible display remains well protected against external influences.
Earlier this month LetsGoDigital also reported on a retractable Samsung smartphone. However, that model could be pulled in two directions, this time the screen area is only enlarged on the right side. Technically this will probably be much easier to achieve, partly because a smaller screen needs to be stored in the small housing.
Chances are that this design also uses a rail mechanism that supports the flexible display. A striking feature of this design is the punch hole camera system, which is positioned in the middle. This part of the screen will therefore not be able to move. Since the screen can only be slid to the right, the remaining screen surface is presumably also stored in the housing on the right-hand side, possibly rolling on a sort of tube.
The rear camera has been moved to the top right corner. This makes sense considering the extendable display. The extendable screen ensures that the camera system cannot be positioned on the left rear – as is probably the case with the Note 10, this will be the first Samsung smartphone with a punch hole camera in the middle.
The patent does not make clear how many camera lenses are used. For the 3D renders, LetsGoDigital has opted for a similar set-up that Samsung is currently applying in its high-end models. This has been pretty great look at what the future may hod for the company, and if this is what it looks like, it might be the most interesting Samsung launch in a long time.