Samsung is bending possibilities and pushing boundaries. The technology giant filed a patent in September 2016 that shows what appears to be an innovative design for a smartphone.
Approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) in December 2017, the drawings show a dual-sided smartphone with a wraparound screen that stretches on to the back of the device. The patent itself does not say much more, but the drawings refer to a “display device” and show a large main screen on the front of the device, which wraps around to the rear where more apps could potentially be displayed.
Another patent, recently discovered by the Dutch blog “LetsGoDigital,” reveals several other ideas Samsung has for future smartphone designs featuring displays that wrap around both the front and back of a handset.
The patent was registered at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on January 4, 2018 but was originally submitted on April 12, 2017. It includes three device models with different functionalities. The first design provides for a smartphone with a continuous display that wraps all the way around the right side of the handset, giving it the look of having two displays on the front and back of the device. The second design, which also has a full wraparound screen, appears to include sensors that would account for where a user would hold the phone. Finally, the third design shows a smartphone with a display that curves under the bottom of the device, instead of around the side.
Despite Apple being granted a patent for a wraparound display in 2016, and LG trying for a similar concept, no devices have been released. Only time will tell which company will win the “wraparound race.” Stay tuned.