Samsung’s new utility patent imagines foldable smartphones with a pop-up camera module :
It is a well-known fact that Samsung is the King of foldable smartphones. Despite being in the lead, the company has not stopped working on similar and better designs. This proves the dedication Samsung has towards the future of smartphones. It files design and utility patents quite often. Samsung is usually very innovative when it comes to introducing new models. Recently, a Samsung foldable smartphone utility patent has emerged, and it described the usage of a pop-up camera.
A new patent by Samsung
LetsGoDigital spotted yet another patent by Samsung Electronics. The company filed it with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) with the title ‘Foldable electronic device including sliding structure and method for controlling the same.’ The patent was approved and published on 22nd October 2020. The 79-pages-long documents focus on the usage of pop-up cameras in 4 different ways. Rumor has it that the new foldable smartphone looks like the Galaxy Z Fold2. It is unlikely that the company will actually go through with this design. Only time can tell!
The Patent in Detail
Samsung has mentioned four prototypes in total. In the first type, the pop-up module displays sensors for selfies and video calls similar to traditional smartphones. Thus, this module will be present on the left-wing of the phone. Contradictory to the first type, the other three fit in on the right-wing of the phone.
The second type speaks of the rear-camera pop-up modules in an attempt to keep the back panel clean. The third type sheds light on microphones and flash for rear cameras as well as the entire suite of front-facing sensors. The final type houses both the rear and front cameras together.
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Diving into the subtle history of the company, Lee Byung-Chul founded Samsung in 1938. Initially started as a trading company, it slowly started exploring other fields of business. Samsung entered the electronics industry in the late 1960s. It also took an interest in the construction and shipbuilding industries in the mid-1970s. After Lee’s death, the company split into four groups, namely, Samsung Group, Shinsegae Group, CJ Group, and Hansol Group. Since 1990, Samsung globalized its products and saw a notable rise. As of 2017, it has the 6th highest global brand value.