Patent Shows How Samsung Will Use Proposed Three-Sided Smartphone Screen
Bloomberg reported last week that Korean smartphone manufacturer Samsung is working on a handset device with a three-sided display that wraps around the phone’s edges. A patent application from Samsung has since been made public, giving a clearer idea of how such technology might be utilized.
Images from the patent application show several possible features, many using the additional side screens as margins of sorts or liners for the main display. This space could then be used for attachments, bookmarks, an index, a digital clipboard, or for other phone functions like a charge meter or swipe-to-unlock function.
The Samsung phone will reportedly utilize the company’s new Youm technology, which enabled it’s recent Galaxy Round smartphone, which features a curved screen. The advantages and special uses of the Galaxy Round are still unclear, but several sources have mentioned the ability to read messages at an angle.
It’s likely Samsung is looking for any novelty to distinguish its devices in the crowded smartphone field, giving it an edge over main competitor Apple. Future devices may include flexible screens, and smartwatches have been suggested with touchscreen displays that wrap around the wrist.
What do you think- would you use either a three-sided screen or a curved screen?