Samsung has published a patent today that portrays a potential dual-sided smartphone with a wraparound screen that stretches onto the rear of the device. There’s not much of an information available about the potential device in the patent which had been initially filed on September 2, 2016, to the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Ten concept drawings have been pointed to as “display device”, showing a large main screen on the front that would wrap around to the rear where more apps would be potentially displayed. Also, the rear screen looks almost to be half the size of the front screen. The solid lines visible on the image are the claimed features while the broken lines are merely the illustration and a hint of what the rest of the device might look like.
This latest patent mainly hints for a potential concept in the future. Samsung has previously filed patents for its other concepts including the foldable ones, and the company has also previously declared that it hopes to release a bendable device the next year.
Samsung has been known for trying new concepts and technology. Initially, it had shown off a flexible, “unbreakable” AMOLED display called Youm back in 2012, and a curved prototype at CES 2013. Earlier this year, Samsung has also revealed a new OLED screen prototype which can roll, stretch, and bend.
With this, Apple had also filed for its own patent for a wraparound iPhone display last year, and LG also appears to be experimenting with a crazy screen that wraps around the top of the phone. Now, the real test remains that which company would be able to produce a working prototype or even bring this type of display to regular smartphones.