It’s no secret that Samsung has had aspirations to build its own gaming smartphone for a while now, and with the arrival of a phone with a flexible display. That endeavours seems to inching closer to reality, if the most recent patent of its Galaxy F foldable phone is anything to go by.
The patent was discovered by LetsGoDigital, the Netherlands-based site who had also found Samsung’s original dual-display foldable phone patent back in 2017. The document basically shows illustrations of the flexible display with what appears to be a physical controller module built right into the edge of the display.
Specifically, the controller is rotatable through the hinges at each side, and can be flipped around by 180° to reveal the D-Pad and six action buttons. Naturally, the controller can then be rotated out of sight when the user doesn’t want to game.
At a glance, the hinged design of the built-in controller looks ingenious. However, the extremely close proximity of the action buttons on the right of the controller does raise the question of whether the close proximity of the action buttons does raise the issue of proper functionality. That said, this is just a patent, and there’s no telling if Samsung will ever action this particular design patent.
Samsung is expected to reveal its Galaxy F smartphone on 20 February during its Unpacked event at San Francisco. At the same time, the company is also expected to announce a whole range of its next flagship device, the Galaxy S10.