Samsung has patented a laptop that can fold twice!
Samsung has consistently innovated in the field of foldable screen technology, from folding phones to rollable smartwatches. The business has now filed a patent for a folding laptop. That is, foldable twice. Samsung has patented a new multi-foldable laptop that folds twice, according to a recent report. According to the patent, the concept works by the user folding (close) their laptop as usual, then folding it back on itself from the center.
According to sources, Samsung submitted a patent for a ‘Multi-foldable electronic gadget’ with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in July 2021. On January 13, 2022, the documents were approved and released.
At first inspection, the diagram looks like any other laptop with a vertically folding lid. The screen, on the other hand, is flexible, with a crease that runs perpendicularly across the panel, emphasizing the fold.
It appears that the laptop’s lower, metallic half is foldable as well, with hinges connecting the two pieces. So, in theory, the laptop folds over once normally, then vertically — similar to how a piece of paper is folded.
A clip that slides from beneath the laptop and clamps onto the gadget once folded has also been incorporated by the manufacturer. This stops it from unfolding unintentionally. The space bar key will be separated into two parts, and the trackpad will be transferred to the right-hand side, according to the designs.
The laptop’s keyboard is split down the center, with a folding hinge in the center. Samsung’s foldable OLED panel, which the company teased earlier this year, will most likely be used for the display. The screen will also include a vertically situated hinge in the middle, allowing the gadget to fold a second time, with the laptop’s base serving as the device’s outer half on both the front and rear ends.
As a result, you’ll have a square-shaped high-tech sandwich that’s far more portable than a traditional laptop. One thing to consider is the laptop’s thickness, which will effectively double when fully folded.
For the time being, it’s unclear whether Samsung wants to release such a product, or whether customers would be willing to pay the price, given that it’ll most likely be prohibitively expensive. However, because of a better hinge design and a lower price, the business has been performing well in the foldable smartphone industry, ushering in a new era.