Samsung is Developing Wraparound Display for Smartphones

LetsGoDigital, a Dutch technology website recently spotted Samsung’s new patent. It’s possible that the South Korean manufacturer is working on a wraparound display for its future mobile device. The display will not only extend to the edge of the phone, but continue onto the back of the device. Titled ‘Electronic Device Having Plurality of Display and Method for Controlling Same’, the patent suggests a device with display that we can view from both sides. This display technology is potentially practical, when you take selfie or take a photo of your friends. However, the idea of a display that wraps around the device isn’t new.

The foldable Huawei Mate X has similar functionality for photo taking and selfie. The current Samsung Galaxy Fold as secondary outer display, although it’s not directly connected with the primary foldable display. Your friends will be able to see themselves when you take their photos. Of course, there’s no guarantee that the proposed design will make it into an actual device. With current issues that plague that Galaxy Fold, it’s possible that the whole folding concept won’t work out. It’s a good thing if Samsung has another backup idea that could work better. Potentially, a wraparound display would work better than a foldable device, because there’s no hinge and moving parts.

A wraparound display should allow for some interesting app, such as live language translation or innovative games. It would be better if Samsung would release a few apps or games that would take advantage of the new display. One big issue is whether both sides of the phone will have full-sized display. But, even if Samsung manages to do that, the rear display could be slightly smaller to make room for multiple camera lens and flash. Of course, this is not a completely new idea, because the Vivo NEX Dial Display also has rear display, although it’s not a continuous one with the front display.