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Samsung patent hints at a redesigned Galaxy Z Fold with no physical buttons

A future Galaxy Z Fold smartphone may dispense with physical buttons. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
A future Galaxy Z Fold smartphone may dispense with physical buttons. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
Samsung has patented a button-less foldable smartphone, and one that looks an awful lot like the leaked Galaxy Z Fold3. The patent suggests that Samsung will employ some trickery to incorporate different sized capacitive buttons, too.
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LetsGoDigital has discovered a new patent from Samsung that would swap physical buttons for capacitive ones. Samsung has already experimented with gesture-based controls on the Galaxy Z Fold2, albeit by using a physical power button. However, the company's patent does away with physical buttons completely.

As the image below shows, Samsung has patented a design that features two sets of capacitive buttons, one on each side of the device's frame. Folding the device then combines these eight touch areas into four larger areas, making it easier to trigger actions, in theory.

The patented device folds inwards, so it seems that Samsung has only optimised the design for those who are right-handed. It is unclear if Samsung plans to bring the device shown to market, but it does resemble an updated Galaxy Z Fold2, in our opinion.

If anything, the device looks like the rumoured Galaxy Z Fold3, which leaked earlier this month. Coincidentally, that device does not appear to have any physical buttons, so we may see gesture controls fairly soon.

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(Image source: LetsGoDigital)
(Image source: LetsGoDigital)

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Alex Alderson, 2021-05-21 (Update: 2021-05-21)