According to what emerged from a patent shared by Letsgodigital, it seems that Samsung is studying a new form factor for a device of the future.
Two screens, one sliding phone – Samsung’s latest patent is definitely bold and we’re sure it will literally blow your mind. The South Korean tech giant would be studying a brand new extravagant form factor for its future line of phones. According to what reported by LetsGoDigital, the patent would have been filed in July, but only recently has it come to light.
Samsung: the patent for a Nokia n95-like slider-phone
From the study of the document, we notice a sliding smartphone with two screens: there is a curved display in the foreground and a flat panel in the back. Visually, the two seem to almost “meet” on the sides of the device, giving the impression of having a single large enveloping unit.
Surely this would be a purely aesthetic choice; but from the drawings related to the interface, we note that there is a UI designed specifically for usability with a single hand. The figure shows that users could drag apps from one screen to another; this would open the door to a new type of multi-windows on multiple screens, like what happens with desktop computers.
Despite this design, Samsung does not explicitly state that the two panels must use the same technology. The patent mentions that the front display could use OLED or LCD technology, while the rear display could be an e-ink screen.
As for the sliding mechanism, this seems to be more than anything else, a ploy to keep the aesthetics of the device clean, as well as to hide the rear camera. Together with that, the selfie cam would also be below it.
Samsung’s design is visually impressive, but it would probably prove to be a nightmare for those who want “pragmatic”, classic, essential products. Let’s also think only of the covers: how could you create an ad hoc one? Furthermore, we need intelligent technology that can avoid involuntary touches.
The layout of the screen is questionable, but the sliding system makes a lot of sense. If you notice, the design is very reminiscent of the old Nokia N95 of yesteryear. As things stand, it’s unlikely we’ll see this patent applied shortly on a mainstream device. Never say never, though.