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Samsung patents phone screen you can expand by literally tugging its sides

Samsung has filed a patent for a device with an expandable display, which you can expand by literally pulling it.

It’s an even madder-sounding vision than the foldable phone, something else the South Korean firm is widely believed to be working on.

According to the USPTO document, the handset would feature three separate display units, two of which you’d be able to hide inside the device, in order to make it appear more compact and phone-like.

By grabbing both sides of the handset and pulling them apart, you’d be able to expose the two hidden screens again, making the gadget look much more like a tablet than a phone.

Related: Samsung to launch foldable Galaxy X this year

It’s a strange idea, even by Samsung’s standards, and we’ve no idea if such a device could actually work in reality.

“Embodiments may be related to a display device (e.g., an expandable display device) that may maximize a size of an image display area of the display device in an expansion mode. The display device may be expandable to opposite sides,” the patent reads.

To warn users against tugging it too hard, it adds: “Embodiments may be related to a display device (e.g., an expandable display) device with minimum stress applied to a flexible display panel of the display device. An image display area of the display device may be stably expanded or reduced.”

Compared to this, foldable phones sound pretty easy.

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