Samsung already has several different models of foldable smartphones, but in all cases, the screen folds inward – it’s safer and more reliable. But the company is looking for other form factors as well, one of which is bi-directional folding.
Such a device is described in a patent filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) last October. The documentation was published the other day, and the publication LetsGoDigital showed how such a smartphone might look like.
So, this is a “clamshell” similar to the Galaxy Z Flip. Its display can be folded both inward and outward, for which, of course, it is necessary to work well on the hinge.
In addition, the patent describes a dual front camera (and without flash, using display light) and a sub-screen fingerprint scanner. The latter, by the way, is not found in any folding smartphone – mostly scanners in such devices are located on the side.
But for now, this is just a patent, and it is not known if Samsung will decide to bring this idea to life. Although probably, unlikely, because there is no need for such a design. Moreover, such a smartphone is likely to be fragile and expensive.