Samsung's patent of the ‘multi-foldable electronic device’ with a detachable keyboard base that is capable of splitting in half was approved by the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Samsung, which intends to bring back foldable smartphones and screens, now attempts to fold laptops. At CES 2022, the company introduced a few new concepts based on foldable display technology: a foldable laptop, dual-folding phones, and a slideable handset.
More than that, Samsung considers an even more peculiar design, which was recently approved and published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The patent application, which appeared on the website of WIPO, describes the ‘multi-foldable electronic device’ design of a laptop with a detachable keyboard unit. The foldable display has a conventional aspect ratio when unfolded, and it connects to the keyboard through a couple of hinges.
What's intriguing is that the keyboard base which probably contains the main part of the battery cells, as well as ports for connecting peripheral devices is also capable of splitting in half. Therefore, the laptop is folded traditionally and then can be folded once more when it's closed. This should make the device incredibly compact and easy to carry around.
According to the patent, the laptop is also provided with handwriting support using Samsung’s S-Pen stylus. The device seems to be designed with multiple functionalities considered. For instance, the keyboard can be connected to the device or just a screen can be used.
The fact that such a patent appeared does not guarantee the release of this laptop to the market, however, Samsung might demonstrate it as a conceptual model in the future. The application was filed in July 2021 and published by WIPO in January 2022.