Apple has shipped most of its 5G phones in recent times, which seems to have matured the company’s strategy, which was based on a late, cautious shift. Samsung has now indicated that they have already sold three times as many such phones in the year just ended, and growth will continue until 2023. In the segment of flexibles, on the other hand, they do well, although their sales volume is not significant, and these devices are still of particular interest to users with specifically thick wallets (or posting other expenses).
The South Korean manufacturer originally introduced two benders back in August, which proved particularly popular. This is well illustrated by the data they mentioned, according to which they had already reached the full 2020 result in the month following the official start, and by the end of the year they had quadrupled their previous figure, a rather significant increase in the category of foldable smartphones. Add to this the fact that compared to the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy S21, more people have switched to the new flexes, making the first few months of the couple’s career an absolute success.
Users have chosen the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3 for its innovative design, larger display, and additional benefits related to it (such as better productivity), and this rapid growth this year and will continue to do so next year, as the segment will expand roughly tenfold by 2023. The official blog post will also cover the design and development work, which is less interesting for us, but it should be noted that the appearance of applications compatible with the bendable display will also help maintain this growth rate.
Encouraged by this, the company is now working on a real giant that could be folded out in two places. The South Korean manufacturer’s patent application, its patent application, which has recently been finalized or accepted by the competent authorities, has appeared in the database of WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization). The detailed drawings have already been included in this, so an external portal has already created the first one renderings, which show us a significant portion of the expected device, flashing roughly what to expect. A clear innovation is that the telephone-board hybrid could be bent in two places, this would be solved by combining two hinges that open in opposite directions. A 4-megapixel self-contained camera would be hidden under the touch screen on the front, but the fingerprint reader would also be located here, also in a completely discreet design.
The large display would be connected to an HDMI connector this time, but other elements of the technical specification have not yet been communicated to us, mainly due to the fact that they are not likely to be final even in-house. In any case, the manufacturer has revealed that double bending causes serious problems for the antennas, so that at least two antennas would be used, spaced apart, in the two upper corners, to ensure proper access in all cases. When folded, the phone would obviously be thicker than usual, but the exact numbers are not known.
It is not yet known when (and to what extent) development will become a commercial product, and we will report on the chances of this later. We can expect further similar innovations in the next decade, although there is no (understandably) talk about what revolutionary changes they are thinking about.
Source: SG.hu Hírmagazin by sg.hu.
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