Samsung is believed to be working on a foldable tablet with physical keyboard as more patents detailing the device emerged online. The latest granted patent of the South Korean giant provides an illustration of the multi-fold tablet and its physical keyboard that is situated on one of its folding panels. Patently Mobile reported over the weekend about a new design patent that was granted to the Galaxy S9 maker. The patent was originally filed almost two years ago, specifically in September 2016, but it was granted to Samsung early last week. As per the patent, which was published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Samsung's foldable tablet will have two foldable panels on either side of the display.
When Samsung confirmed last year that it is commercially launching a foldable phone -- believed to be called Galaxy X, the company's mobile chief, Koh Dong-jin, said that they are planning to release the device in 2018. Unfortunately, the South Korea tech giant wouldn't be able to keep its word this year.
Now that Samsung has finally taken the wraps off its $2,000 Galaxy Fold, the Korean tech giant is reportedly eyeing a new opportunity to boost its display business with Apple. A foldable Android tablet could be a winner for Samsung if the concept takes off in the way the Galaxy Note spawned an entire new category of bigger-screen but still pocketable devices. The company right now certainly needs some of its products to pop among its diverse business, which includes memory, displays, and smartphones – none of which is performing well at the moment, partly due to supplies to Apple's stalling iPhone business. But, as spotted by MacRumors, Korean news outlet ETNews has heard reports that Samsung Display thinks there could be a chance to capitalize on Apple's growing iPad line. According to the report, Samsung Display presented Apple a foldable display device that was slightly smaller than the Galaxy Fold.
Apple is working on a radical new iPhone with a foldable screen that doubles as a tablet. That's according to a report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which says that several Apple suppliers in Asia have confirmed they're working on a such a product. A foldable iPhone could even be coming as soon as 2020, the analysts said. Pictured is a prototype folding iPhone that was revealed in a patent filed by Apple last November. The patent describes a device that can be'opened and closed like a book' 'We expect the iPhones this fall to be largely unchanged for the organic LED versions although size changes have proved to be a catalyst in the past,' Bank of America analyst Wamsi Mohan wrote in a report on Friday.
At a developer showcase event on Wednesday, Samsung said the phone, which is 7.3 inches when opened, would be ready for mass production in the coming months. It boasts a second, smaller display on the outside--which it called a cover window--allowing users to check emails and perform other basic tasks when closed. Samsung, which ships one of every five phones globally, is eyeing a splashy device to help lift sales, as consumers hold on to their handsets longer and lower-cost Chinese rivals gain strength. Last week, the world's largest smartphone maker reported its third-quarter mobile profits had nose-dived by a third. Global smartphone shipments fell 8% for the three months ended Sept. 30, the fourth straight quarter of declines, according to Strategy Analytics, which described the industry as being "effectively in a recession."