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Samsung files patent for rollable displays

Samsung files patent for rollable displays
Samsung files patent for rollable displays
Forget bendable displays. Samsung wants users to be able to roll up their smartphones for an even more compact fit.

Aside from being one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world, Samsung is also aggressive at registering patents and trademarks even if some concepts may never come to fruition. The South Korean manufacturer holds a number of patents on foldable displays and had just recently applied for a patent for rollable displays at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

The official document as provided by shows a concept of the rollable smartphone. In essence, the slider-based design allows the user to pull out the display and retract back into a smaller and more portable form factor for carrying. The source points out that the patent encompasses smartphones, tablets, wearables, and other mobile devices.

Samsung has always shown an interest in pioneering display technologies, in particular flexible and foldable solutions. The manufacturer recently showed off touch-enabled mirror displays and is a leader in integrating OLED panels onto consumer devices. Its latest Galaxy S7 is already being vaunted by experts as having the most accurate colors of any smartphone currently in the market. Both Samsung and LG are expected to ramp up OLED production in the coming years in preparation for Apple's potential switch to the display technology for future iPhones and iPads.


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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2016-03-18 (Update: 2016-03-18)