Flexible displays promise to be one of the big trends over the next few years. Samsung could take the opportunity to revisit the principle of its screens “Edge”, by marrying the sides until reaching the back of its future smartphones.
It’s only natural that smartphones, especially on the high-end, all start to look like a strand. In a format so small, and wanting to meet the demands of all consumers, they are condemned to respect major trends without having much room for maneuver.
Some manufacturers have managed in this context to stand out. And this is particularly the case of Samsung, which with its curved “Edge” screens on the sides has managed to afford a major aesthetic identifier that few other smartphones still have. After the Infinity Display Galaxy S8 and Note 8 , this formula could still evolve.
Samsung exceeds the edges
A new patent filed by LetsGoDigital tells us indeed that the brand is thinking about going further than just occupying its edges. It would simply reflect rounded edges fully enveloped by its screens.
The most interesting touch of this patent filing is none other than its indications. Indeed, more than describing a concept, it also describes the method of manufacturing this type of screen, giving the feeling that the patent describes less a concept than a future production.
A fortiori, the patent indicates that this change would offer an “improved grip” and especially an “innovative user experience”. Samsung must have more ideas for its Edge screens.
A well-felt evolution
As always, let’s keep in mind that a patent is only an indication of a direction potentially taken by a manufacturer, and not proof of the future of its devices. However, this evolution could make sense.
With the advent of Edge screens, some users have complained of a decreased grip, lack of a flat shape not necessarily appreciated and accidental pressure on the screen. With such a design, the manufacturer could round off its slices, making them more pleasant in hand, while managing more precisely the dead zones of its tactile layer.
However, we do not really know how useful this could be for the end user. If it is not increasing the diagonal of the screen on paper, wrapping its slab around its smartphones is not very practical for anyone who wants to watch videos. Let’s bet that Samsung knows what it’s doing.