In less than a month, the Galaxy Unpacked Event will take place, where the high-end Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series will be unveiled. The new launch date for the Galaxy Fold may also be announced around the same period . Next, the next high-end Galaxy smartphone will be introduced in early 2020, the Galaxy S11. Little is known about this device for the time being. According to some, the design will be similar to the Galaxy S10, others believe that the phone will get a completely new design next year. If it then becomes a completely new design, why not a pull-out model?
Samsung annually records a large number of patents to protect future smartphone designs and technologies. Sometimes the designs are so futuristic that an actual market introduction will take years, or will never happen.
This time, however, the Korean manufacturer has had a design patent filed that seems to be a little easier to realize. It seems to be a very effective solution to meet the need to be able to put the largest possible screen area in your pocket.
Galaxy S11 Patent shows extendable smartphone
The design patent was filed by Samsung Electronics at the end of 2018 with the KIPO (Korean Intellectual Property Office). It was approved at the end of May, after which the patent was publicly published on 24 June 2019.
There are sketches included on which a modern designed smartphone can be seen, with the so-known edge display from Samsung. A special feature of this model is the possibility to extend the width of the phone, after which the screen surface is estimated to be increased by around 50%.
Since it is a design patent, there is unfortunately no detailed description included that answers the question how this smartphone can be pulled out. The images do show that the screen on the right is enlarged. The frame border around the screen also shifts partially, so that the flexible display remains well protected against external influences.
Earlier this month LetsGoDigital also reported on a retractable Samsung smartphone . However, that model could be pulled in two directions, this time the screen area is only enlarged on the right side. Technically this will probably be much easier to achieve, partly because a smaller screen needs to be stored in the small housing.
Chances are that this design also uses a rail mechanism that supports the flexible display. A striking feature of this design is the punch hole camera system, which is positioned in the middle. This part of the screen will therefore not be able to move. Since the screen can only be slid to the right, the remaining screen surface is presumably also stored in the housing on the right-hand side, possibly rolling on a sort of tube.
The rear camera has been moved to the top right corner. A logical positioning, given the extendable screen and the punch hole camera. Finally, there is not enough space in the housing to place the front and rear camera in the same place. Moreover, the extendable screen ensures that the camera system cannot be positioned on the left rear – as is probably the case with the Note 10, this will be the first Samsung smartphone with a punch hole camera in the middle.
The patent does not make clear how many camera lenses are used. For the 3D renders, LetsGoDigital has opted for a similar set-up that Samsung is currently applying in its high-end models.