Samsung regularly applies for patents for new smartphone designs. It regularly involves innovative and creative designs, using a flexible display. This time, the use of a curved display ensures that the phone also has a screen on the back. Ideal for making selfies.
Samsung Electronics applied for a patent on 8 March 2018 at the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office). The patent was published by the WIPO on 12 July 2018 under the title ‘User terminal apparatus and control method thereof’. We are working on various patents that have already been applied for in the home country of Korea and America.
Samsung smartphone with a flexible display for selfies
It is a smartphone design with a flexible display that runs through the top of the device to the rear. The application of a display on the back makes it possible to take selfies with the rear camera. Nevertheless, the front camera is maintained.
The large bendable display consists of three parts; the main display (front), around the part that runs around the frame of the smartphone (top side) and a sub display (rear side). The display is, as it were, on the frame, so that it rises slightly in height in relation to the housing.
The display responds to both touch input and stylus pen input. Although the display area on the back of the illustrations supplied is considerably smaller than the main display, the patent describes that this does not necessarily have to be the case in the execution.
Other content can be displayed on each part of the display, and the content can also go through to the back. In such a case no content is shown on the round part at the top. However, the round part can also function for displaying control elements.
In addition, the patented Samsung smartphone can also display similar content on the front and back. The sub-display then shows a kind of crop of the content that is shown at the front. This works for the start screen, but also for different applications, for example, the camera. The intelligent software determines which crop is made, so the smartphone can make a crop from the person closest to the camera or from the person looking in the camera lens.
The displayed crop can be adjusted via the main display, so the image can be adjusted to the left, right, up or down by means of a Swype movement. You can also zoom in in this way. The camera saves both the original photo and the cropped photo. In addition, additional suggestions (stickers) are displayed on the screen depending on the recording, so jewelry can be added when you photograph a woman.
Moreover, the mobile device is able to help the photographer to take better pictures, by showing animations on the sub display. As an example, a situation is sketched in which a child is photographed. The live view is shown on the main display. On the sub-display, the child is shown an attractive image – for example, a picture of a penguin – to awaken the child’s interest, so that he keeps looking at the camera during the shooting.
When the Samsung smartphone is locked, users can still take a picture. The live view image is then shown on the sub display or the main display, depending on how the smartphone is held. Thanks to the use of different sensors, the phone can detect how a person holds the smartphone, for example, the selfie mode can be activated. The camera can also recognize a person.
The patented technology with flexible display does not only apply to a smartphone but can also be used for a tablet and similar electronic devices.
Samsung smartphone with a dual display
Now that the fullscreen smartphone has become reality, think of the Vivo Nex and the Oppo Find X, the question is what the next trend will be. In the camera area we will probably see a triple camera more and more, here Huawei has already set the standard with the Huawei P20 Pro. Also, Samsung, LG, Apple, and Nokia are working on a smartphone reportedly triple camera. But also in the field of selfies, it is obvious that new developments will take place in the coming years. We also come across smartphone designs more and more with a display on the back.
At the beginning of this year, Samsung patented another phone with a double-sided screen, which also used a flexible display. This phone had a very stylish design. Also in April 2018, the Korean manufacturer patented a smartphone with dual display, but two separate displays were used and the front camera was omitted so that a virtually 100% screen-to-body ratio can be created.
Samsung is also not the only manufacturer to see the future in a smartphone with a display at the rear. For example, last week, Oppo published a patent for a fullscreen smartphone with a second screen. In the Oppo design, the second screen also serves for making selfies. The front camera will also be canceled, creating a fullscreen smartphone.