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Samsung's folding super-tablet makes the iPad Pro look boring

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Samsung has patented a quirky folding tablet that could revolutionise the way you work on the move, a new report reveals.

According to Patently Mobile, Samsung has been awarded a design patent which details a foldable tablet equipped with a built-in keyboard and kickstand. The device has three foldable segments which once opened presumably reveal a large screen and a built-in keyboard.

Check it out:

Samsung foldable tabelt patent

The image doesn’t make it clear how exactly the keyboard will be used, or even how it will be locked into place. Moreover, there’s no information on how Samsung intends to make the tablet fold. And since this is only a design patent, we're not entirely sure which materials the product will be built from.

But despite the patent, there's no guarantee this product will ever see the light of day.

Samsung did have plans for a foldable phone, but has reportedly shelved the scheme known as ‘Project Valley’. Instead, the phone giant has decided to spend more time perfecting the tech behind the foldable screens to make sure they’re ready for release. Unfortunately, a foldable device still feels a little bit more like a dream than a reality – for now, at least. Don't hold your breath, folks.

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Do you think foldable devices are the future? Let us know in the comments below.

Andrew Cowley

September 29, 2016, 1:42 pm

I remember Microsoft's Courier project.

Robert Christopulos

September 30, 2016, 6:08 pm

This could represent a very serious new direction in communication, and though I love my Samsung tablet, am not convinced that the state of battery technology would allow this to be a safely pocketable device. There are too many people who do butt calls all the time.

If the project could be enabled safely I'd love to have one.

Prem Desai

October 2, 2016, 4:29 pm

The story should belong to Samsung. It should not mention the ipad pro.

For the record, if this takes off, it could be revolutionary.

Also for the record, the ipad pro IS boring (and nothing pro about it) - with or without this ...

Floris

October 18, 2016, 6:03 pm

Haahah.. every tablet makes the ipad look boring. Every smartphone makes the iphone look boring. And you know what? They ARE boring.

Apple is an old fashion non-innovative arrogant company that triggers the religious center of millions of nono's. That's the only reason Apple still exists.

ryanj

October 21, 2016, 8:10 am

Its a tablet concept. probably the size of an ipad, so definitely not pocketable or butt-dialable.

Steve

October 25, 2016, 1:55 am

When I was doing my foldable handheld designs I came up with a number of solutions and issues. The fold flat OLED is not very friendly on the OLED. I didn't particularly want to hang the fold sections outside the case when folded. But here you can see they have included areas within the case for the screen to folded over with a rounder curve than flat. This however, might be why smaller devices aren't being used, as the curves get too small in a case, them you have to make bulges or let it all hang out.

The keyboard, will fold over like a laptop, and use one of the tri sections as a screen. This thing could be really big, with a section likely to contain a several inches screen section, maybe even 10 inch+.

Ton

November 23, 2016, 2:33 pm

ah yes what could have been

Ton

November 23, 2016, 2:34 pm

if they offered this as the note 8 i think people would gladly allow them to explode all the phones they want

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