Samsung is striving to expand screen on both sides

A new patent shows three ideas Samsung has for wrapping a display around a smartphone.

These designs show future smartphones with screens on both the front and back of the phone.

Users would be able to view content from either side of the phone.

Samsung uses curved display technology in phones like the Galaxy S8. Now it’s trying to figure out how it’s going to use that technology to completely change the way smartphones look in the future.

A patent, recently discovered by the Dutch blog LetsGoDigital, reveals several ideas Samsung has for future smartphone designs featuring a display that wraps around both the front and back of a handset.

The patent was registered at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on January 4 but was originally submitted on April 12, 2017. It includes three device models with different functionalities.

Here’s some of what Samsung may have in store for future smartphones.

A display that wraps around the right side of the smartphone

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The first design shows a smartphone with one continuous display that wraps all the way around the right side of the handset, giving it the look of having two displays on the front and back of the device. This would allow users to have two options for viewing on the device.

Similar to how a smartphone can switch from portrait to landscape mode depending on how its held, this model can switch viewing positions from front to back depending on how the user is holding the handset. Imagine such a device that would allow multiple users to view the same content from either side of a handset at the same time, rather than huddling around one screen.

Content can flip between back and front displays

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