Samsung is keeping the competition in check as it continues to develop a new breed of smartphones with radical designs based on a patent it filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) that was only recently published online.
LetsGoDigital uploaded images of the South Korean conglomerate’s patent filed with the WIPO last year. The patent features three types of “double-sided” phones that have screens displayed on both sides of the device.
The first two designs seem to have similar wraparound screens that allow its display to be shared by the front and rear sides of the phone. The only difference is, one has the screen extending horizontally while the other wraps around the device in a vertical style.
Unlike the concept images above, the third design doesn’t have its display wrapping around the device. Instead, it has a dedicated rear-facing secondary screen. The images show that this display has a touchscreen where you can access basic features like your email, photo gallery, and various widgets such as weather tools. You can also take a selfie and choose to accept or reject calls on this screen.
So far, Samsung’s next major release will be its Galaxy S9 series, which is expected to be unveiled early this year. However, numerous leaks and reports also point to the Galaxy X, a foldable concept smartphone that Samsung is rumored to be developing on the side.