Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 (not the official name) may come with a dual-hinge design and a sliding keyboard, according to a new report. It appears that Samsung is working on several foldable phones and that a model that is said to be the Galaxy Z Fold 3 was reportedly leaked as a product sketch of a design patent filed in 2018. They show a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 as design but with another panel that also folds, and has a sliding keyboard.
The design patent, as noted by LetsGoDigital, was filed by Samsung Display in mid-2018 with the Korea Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and it was discovered in July of this year. It contains eight product sketches and a brief description, the report notes. The sketch shows a device in its unfolded state with two hinges and a keyboard protruding from one of the sides. Based on the product sketches, the publication collaborated with Sarang Sheth, editor-in-chief of Yanko Design (an online magazine for international product design), to create 3D renderings of the phone.
Looking at these renderings – which as mentioned above are not from Samsung – the Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a similar design to the Galaxy Z Fold 2, but with an additional hinge that allows another display to unfold, this which makes it a unique long screen when unfolded. form. One of the screens folds normally like it does on the Galaxy Z Fold 2, but the third screen folds outward, allowing a usable screen to always be on top. Additionally, on the sides of one of the folding screens, a sliding QWERTY keyboard can be seen with tactile keys.
When fully folded, this phone in the rendering looks quite like the Galaxy Z Fold 2. The bezels are quite narrow all around and there is also a USB Type-C port. Renderings show a hole-punch design for the front camera (depending on how you hold the phone) and a rear triple camera setup.
Renderings shared by LetsGoDigital show the rumored Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 in different use cases and form factors. The design of this phone looks pretty unique, but of course these are renderings based on a patent, and not necessarily what the phone will look like. The report also mentions that the rumored phone will have an indicator light in the hinge because Samsung secured a patent for it earlier this month.
As of yet, Samsung has not shared any information about the alleged Galaxy Z Fold 3 and these images are unofficial, so the actual phone could look significantly different when officially announced.
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