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Galaxy Fold Active? Samsung patents a waterproof version of its first foldable phone

A potentially more durable Galaxy Fold successor? (Source: LetsGoDigital)
A potentially more durable Galaxy Fold successor? (Source: LetsGoDigital)
Samsung has filed a patent for a foldable phone with a "waterproof housing". The document's images depicts this device as similar to the Galaxy Fold, but with a tougher-looking, possibly thicker, chassis. However, the internal tablet-sized screen remains more or less the same.

According to a new patent found on the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) database, Samsung has designed a new twist on its original foldable-phone form factor. It has a new chassis described as "waterproof", and contains a detailed discourse on how it excludes liquids, and how internal components such as its display connectors and flexible PCBs fit in and around the additional casing.

This concept's schematics shows a Galaxy Fold-esque device, albeit one with a completely different front-panel display. It is a thin, strip-like screen that may accomodate UI content such as notifications or clocks. The Galaxy Fold 2, on the other hand, is currently projected to have one that takes up the entirety of the same external panel.

On that note, as this new, almost Galaxy Active-like foldable patent was filed worldwide in November 2019, it is difficult to say whether it would be realized as a real-life device any time soon. Nevertheless, it may serve to elevate this device category's reputation for durability.

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A render based on Samsung's new patent. (Source: WIPO via LetsGoDigital)
A render based on Samsung's new patent. (Source: WIPO via LetsGoDigital)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-05-30 (Update: 2020-05-31)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.