Mobile: Samsung working on a tri-fold smartphone, it is confirmed


Samsung is developing a smartphone with a foldable screen that can be folded into three parts. According to a patent, the manufacturer wants to integrate a magnetic holder for the S-Pen. Could this new kind of foldable smartphone be released by the end of the year?

With the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung has established itself as the leader in foldable smartphones, with a considerable lead over the competition. Unsurprisingly, the Seoul-based giant wants to continue capitalising on foldable screen phones.  In the course of 2021, Samsung will announce a total of 5 foldable smartphones. Among these newcomers, we can obviously expect to see the Galaxy Z Fold 3, a high-end smartphone with an S-Pen, and the Galaxy Z Flip 3, a new generation of clamshell smartphone.

In parallel, the chaebol is also developing new designs to enrich its range. According to a patent filed in September 2020 with the World Intellectual Property Organisation, Samsung is working on a smartphone whose screen folds into three parts. In detail, the device consists of a screen with a large main panel and two smaller parts, reports LetsGoDigital.


The two screens, attached to the side of the structure, fold down onto the main touchscreen. In this case, Samsung opts for a design that folds outwards, unlike its previous foldable smartphones, where the screen folds inwards.

As the patent points out, Samsung accompanies the foldable smartphone with an S-Pen, the flagship accessory of the Galaxy Note. Unlike the Note, however, the device is not equipped with a drawer to house the accessory. Instead, the manufacturer has devised a magnetic holder capable of holding the stylus against the structure with magnets.

The patent filing obviously does not mean that Samsung really intends to exploit this technology. Nevertheless, a report from Nikkei claims that Samsung intends to launch a smartphone that folds in three by the end of the year. Given this, one imagines that the manufacturer could capitalise on the design presented in the patent.