If you thought Samsung was only happy with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip lines when it comes to foldable phones, think again. We’ve known for a while that the company has been experimenting with a variety of foldable case components, and now some of these experiments have been shown in the video.
Short clip provided by @Universeice (opens in a new tab) – reputable leak – shows several foldable and foldable Samsung phones that have yet to be announced.
One has the appearance of a standard handset but allows the user to pull on one or both sides of the screen to lengthen it, while the other is like the Galaxy Z Fold 4 but with two folds instead of one, so it opens into a laptop-sized screen.
We also take a look at one that folds like a laptop, but it’s a screen, not a keyboard in the bottom half, and in this video it shows the game controller layout.
While we’d take any leaks with a grain of salt, it looks like an official Samsung promotional video and the content would be hard to fake, so it’s probably genuine.
That said, these are probably just experiments and concept devices for now, so while some of these factors may eventually see the light of day, we wouldn’t expect an announcement soon.
Analysis: This is not the first time we’ve seen Samsung’s experiments
While this is the first time we see these concepts in video, this is not the first time Samsung has shown these ideas.
In November, the company launched a website showcasing the potential applications of foldable OLED screens, which included several smartphone concepts.
One was “Slidable Flex” which looks a lot like the stretch screen in the movie. Then there’s the Flex Note, which is a laptop-like device. There were others that you don’t see in this new movie, such as the Rollable Flex, which has a roll screen.
So it looks like Samsung has no shortage of ideas for foldable phones. Hopefully some of them will eventually become commercially available products as models like the Motorola Razr 2022 and Xiaomi Mix Fold 2, following Samsung in terms of design, are already beginning to feel the lack of innovation in the folding space.