Samsung patents a laptop that folds twice
A recently unveiled patent suggests that Samsung may be developing a laptop that folds twice. The diagrams were first spotted by LetsGoDigital, and it has a flexible screen that allows for extra portability.
According to them, Samsung had filed a patent with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in July 2021, for a “foldable electronic device”. The documents were then approved and published on January 13, 2022.
At first glance, the scheme looks like any standard laptop, the lid of which folds vertically. But, the screen itself is flexible, with a crease running perpendicular across the panel, outlining where the crease is.
This suggests that the bottom metal half of the laptop is also foldable, with hinges holding the two halves together. So, conceptually, the laptop folds once normally, then vertically again – like one would fold a piece of paper.
The company has also included a clip that slides under the laptop and attaches to the device when folded. This prevents it from deploying unintentionally. Judging by the diagrams, it is also clear that the spacebar key will be split into two halves, while the trackpad is moved to the right.
Internally, the CPU will line up on the far left, while the rest of the laptop will run on two batteries on either side. When folded, users will have access to the audio player buttons, allowing for comfortable one-handed music playback on a laptop.
For now, it’s unclear if Samsung actually intends to release such a product, or if people would actually be willing to buy one, given that the cost will likely be too high. But, the company is doing well in the foldable smartphone market, thanks to better hinge design and lower price – in preparation for a new era.