In June, talks of a screen that curved on all four sides had everyone excited. It was said that the screen will be innovative and will definitely put Samsung ahead of its competition. Here’s what we know so far.
Oh, if only we knew. LetsGoDigital published a new patent which was filed with the Korean Intellectual Property Office. It describes a phone with an extendable and retractable display. Rumour has it that phone is none other than the S11.
Samsung files patents to protect future smartphone designs and technologies. Sometimes the designs are so futuristic that they may never even materialise, but Samsung would rather be safe than sorry.
A screen unlike any other
The phone manufacturer already showed with the Galaxy Fold that it has its heart set on flexible screens, and a retractable screen would definitely be pushing the boundaries, if LetsGoDigital’s images are anything to go by.
The patent shows an extendable screen design which was initially filed at the end of 2018, and approved in May.
The patent unfortunately doesn’t specify exactly how the screen would expand and retract.
The images only show that the screen is enlarged to the right, while the border around the screen also partially slides, keeping the flexible display well protected against knocks and bumps.
Possible camera specs
Another striking feature of this design is the punch hole camera system on the front. Since the screen can only slide to the right, the remaining screen surface is presumably also stored on the right-hand side in the housing.
The only logical option is then for the rear camera to move to the top right corner as there won’t be enough space to place the camera in the middle. The patent doesn’t specify how many camera lenses the S11 will have.
Of course, due to the amount of designs patented by mobile manufacturers, it’s possible that we may never even see this particular design, but we do hope it will be incorporated in the S11.
If it does materialise, it might even rival Huawei P40 Pro. Huawei announced that it was so impressed with the success of the Huawei P30 Pro – which outsold the P20 and P20 Pro – that another phone will definitely be added to the P-Series.
5G a possibility
It’s safe to assume that the S11 will be 5G-enabled, especially since the S10 had the feature. And by the time the S11 releases, 5G will be available in most countries.
What is 5G, and what does it mean for the future of mobile? I’m glad you ask. Refer to my post about what makes 5G so special. Faster connectivity speeds, anyone? Yes, please.
Also read – Samsung Galaxy Fold to launch end of July
Note: The high-resolution 3D renders of the Samsung Galaxy S11 used in this article was created by Let’s Go Digital.