Samsung’s idea for a folding laptop is unlike any you’ve seen

The foldable laptop was recently relaunched, but Samsung might consider taking it to a new level. Recently patented by the company, it is “a foldable electronic device that alludes to a concept of a portable computer that folds in the middle widthwise, like a book.

Filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on July 2, 2021 and published on January 13, 2022, the foreign-language patent was spotted by LetsGoDigital. It shows images of how this concept laptop might work. Instead of folding lengthwise at the top with a hinge, this laptop also folds down the middle of the screen and keyboard and into a more compact block. This seems to aim for portability and to be more natural for the user, similar to how the Galaxy Z Fold 3 opens and closes.

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Until now, on other foldable laptops, the space for the entire second half of the foldable screen has been mostly used for keyboards or touch controls. It looks like Samsung’s concept keeps the keyboard on at all times and the keyboard itself folds up with the laptop. It’s more about folding the physical laptop to make it compact than having dual-screen space. It is also possible that the screen is also extra-large, for increased productivity.

Samsung’s patent also shows how the internal components would be positioned. The system chips appear to be placed at the two halves of the fold, with a battery on the left and a battery on the right. Other additional circuits for the touchpad, keyboard and power supply are also positioned on each side. As for the processor, it seems to be housed on the left side. There’s even space for an audio player and audio controls for media. And to keep the laptop closed during travel, there’s a clip and a series of magnets under the keyboard.

It’s certainly one of the most unique patents for a foldable laptop to date, but patents don’t always translate into the final product. Samsung, however, is known for its crazy ideas and concepts. At the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show, the company showed off the ARK, a 55-inch curved OLED display that can rotate vertically

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