In 2011 Microsoft showed off a cool concept phone which consisted of two full-screen devices which could either be used independently or joined together for a larger screen area.
Samsung has been experimenting with foldable phones for a while now and has filed several patents for the same. The company now appears to have taken up Microsoft’s concept and are looking to bring it to life using the magic of magnets.
The patent titled “Electronic device with two display devices and method of operating” was filed in July 2018 by Samsung and was granted by WIPO on 3rd January 2019. The patent shows two displays which could be connected using a magnet to work as a large display. The two displays with house their own processors and other components and will work individually as well as together. This will allow users to have a smartphone with a flexible screen which could be used as a tablet or used as a second screen. Both the devices will have three magnets which will allow them to stick to each other and be used as one large screen.
Samsung also has several creative ideas for how such a device can be used beyond simply a tablet, such as turning your handset into slider phone.
Unfortunately, we don’t know if Samsung is actually working on the concept or it is just filed to prevent patent trolls. Either way, Samsung is certainly leading the foldable smartphone race and will probably launch a foldable smartphone this year.