Samsung has patented a rather interesting hybrid laptop design. This patent appeared at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and shows a tablet with a removable and foldable screen.
So not only are you getting a full-fledged laptop here, but you’re also getting a tablet, which folds down into a more compact form factor. Needless to say, there are plenty of use cases here.
Samsung has patented a hybrid laptop design
This patent is classified as a “multi-folding electronic device”, and it was published on January 13. It comes with a standard physical keyboard. The screen folds horizontally like a book, not vertically like the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold and ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold.
You will find two hinges on this device. A hinge is present like on all regular laptops, so you can open and close it. The second hinge is included on the screen itself, as it bends.
Samsung has also included a handy clip with a hook to ensure the device doesn’t bend on its own. There are also quite a few built-in magnets. When folded, users have access to various functions of the audio player, as there are three buttons included on the side (rewind, fast forward and pause).
This design is definitely unique
One thing is for sure, it’s a rather unique design. When you don’t need your laptop with you, you can simply detach the screen and carry this part. If you don’t plan to work, or just plan to relax in bed or something.
It is also ideal for non-work travel etc. The thing is, you wouldn’t have to buy two devices, you’d have both in one package. A huge tablet when you need it, and a regular laptop too.
Now, just because Samsung patented this doesn’t mean it will become official anytime soon, or at all. It’s an interesting device, to say the least, but there are no guarantees.
Samsung likes to experiment, though, and that might come our way down the line, we’ll see. Various different foldable devices could be on the way, as the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 have proven to be extremely popular.