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    Samsung patent for clamshell phone without physical buttons
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    Undoubtedly, Samsung can be called a pioneer in the field of clamshell smartphones. The Korean company holds the record for most clamshell smartphones, the latest of which are the Galaxy Z Fold2 and Galaxy Z Flip. In addition, the record for most patents for new technologies is apparently held by Samsung; From advanced technologies such as a two-part display to more advanced features such as a hinge indicator on such displays. But a recent patent for Samsung shows that the Korean company has many ideas for dominating the clamshell phone market.

     Samsung patent for clamshell phone without physical buttons

    In terms of user experience, the Galaxy Z Fold2 had a significant improvement over the Galaxy Fold. This can be attributed to the different design of its external display. Unlike the 4.6-inch display on the Galaxy Fold - which was relatively difficult to work with due to the relatively large margins - the Galaxy Z Fold2 features a larger 6.2-inch display that is as easy to work with as any other smartphone. Now, apparently, Samsung intends to produce the next generation of its clamshell phones with other positive changes.

    The Dutch website LetsGoDigital recently announced the registration of a new patent called Samsung. The 110-page patent was issued by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on Thursday, May 20, 2021, as a "folding electronic device." In this patent, Samsung describes the idea of a clamshell smartphone without any physical buttons.

    When the Galaxy Fold series smartphones are in the folded state, it becomes a little difficult to work with their buttons - which are embedded on the edge of the device. Each button is located on one part of the edge, and when working with them, the external pressure is focused only on the same part - where the physical button is located. This can damage the hinge. In addition, the thickness of the clamshells is decreasing day by day, leaving less room for physical buttons on the edge of the device. But apparently Samsung has a good solution to this problem. Samsung patent for clamshell phone without physical buttons

    According to the patent, Samsung to remove the buttons Physicists have come up with the idea of using gestures, or so-called finger gestures, from the edge of clamshell phones. The performance of these gestures is predicted in two ways: "hit", "swipe" or "push" on the virtual buttons on the edge of the device. When folded, the two edges of the device are placed side by side, doubling the space available to press the virtual buttons. According to this patent, the user can set the performance of gestures to his liking. For example, a single tap on the edge of the phone can be considered as a power button, or you can swipe up and down to increase or decrease the volume. Samsung patent for clamshell phone without physical buttons

    in the images published with this patent Now, a Galaxy Z Fold clamshell - similar to what we've seen before - looks great. This device has a long and narrow display. On the back of the device is a module with three cameras inside. The bottom camera has a rectangular lens that enhances the possibility of being periscopic. It should be noted that in the patent that was filed last year with the name of Samsung with the focus on Galaxy Fold smartphone with water resistance capability, exactly the same photo was depicted.

    It is interesting to know that last month a similar patent (in relation to the Galaxy Z Flip clamshell smartphone with virtual buttons) was filed under the name of Samsung. However, the use of this technology in the construction of the next generation of Samsung clamshell phones is by no means unexpected, because as mentioned, these devices are becoming thinner day by day and there is a need to replace the physical buttons. On the other hand, this is just a patent and there is not necessarily a guarantee for using such a new technology in the Galaxy Z Fold3. On the other hand, the same patent, in addition to WIPO, was also submitted to the Korean Patent Office in 2019. As such, it does not make sense to wait long to see this technology in the Galaxy Z Fold4.

    According to LetsGoDigital, rumors suggest that the Galaxy Z Flip 3 - likely to be introduced in August 2021 - will feature an Armor Frame and a new ultra-thin glass called UTG 2.0. Was. The device is also expected to be water resistant. Thanks to the use of ultra-thin glass, it is possible that the Z Fold3 is also compatible with the S Pen. Needless to say, according to Ice Universe, another advantage of the Galaxy Z Fold3 is that the crease of the screen - called the fold line - will not be very visible.

    Source: Let's Go Digital

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