Samsung has launched a variety of foldable smartphones, the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Fold 2 are the latest models. Now, the information shows that Samsung is expected to release its first rollable smartphone in 2022. The company’s display department demonstrated this sliding smartphone earlier this year. This shows that the device does not use a folding screen design, but still uses a pull-out screen.
Samsung has prepared two names for this new device: Samsung Galaxy Z Slide and Samsung Z Roll. The company has also registered a number of patents for slider smartphones with scrollable screens. Now, Samsung Electronics has obtained a sliding patent similar to that shown during SID 2021, equipped with the latest features and advanced cameras.
In November 2020, Samsung Electronics filed a patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The patent titled “Rollable Electronic Equipment Including Gap Compensation Structure” was issued on June 17, 2021. Since then, it has also been included in the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) database to protect the patented technology worldwide. This 45-page document describes an advanced Galaxy smartphone with a rolling screen.
At first glance, the device is just an ordinary smartphone. But it can be pulled out through the right side to extend the width. The display surface can be placed up to about 30%, if necessary, the user can also only expand a part of the display. This is a motorized process that uses multiple coil springs and long plate spring. The flexible screen is guided by a rotating scroll wheel, when the screen is fully unfolded, it will automatically block.
It is worth noting that the document also mentions the under-screen camera. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is expected to be released in August, and it is likely to be the first foldable smartphone with a camera under the screen. In addition, Samsung’s rollable smartphone patent shows that the front camera of the machine will also be placed under the flexible screen, and the light sensor and proximity sensor are also located under the screen, in the upper left corner. The device is also equipped with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
The back of the Samsung Galaxy Z Slide uses a vertical camera design, with three rear cameras and the flash below. A heart rate sensor is included next to the flash. There are no buttons on the side of the phone, and the bottom is equipped with a USB-C port, a dual speaker, and a microphone. When the device is pulled out, an additional speaker will unfold at the bottom.
At present, it is not clear when Samsung will launch its first curved screen phone. It is reported that it will be in the first half of 2022. Prior to this, Samsung will first show two other folding screen phones- Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. They are expected to be launched in August this year.