We didn’t expect what happened to Samsung Galaxy fold just a few days before it’s launched but that didn’t stop Samsung from going forward and thinking beyond what’s possible in the technology at this moment. Galaxy Fold has been postponed for an undecided amount and so far, we don’t see any clear deadlines for the smartphone. This time, patents have revealed a concept for a Samsung smartphone with a rollable screen. That’s right. Galaxy Roll – a smartphone with a display that can roll. It can be the next disaster or success. We don’t know anything for sure.
The patents, available from the World Intellectual Property Organization, shows a device that’s enormously different from the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Rather than unfolding into a larger, tablet-sized screen, the Galaxy Roll’s screen would extend upwards on rollers, increasing the aspect ratio and creating a much longer screen. When not in use, the extra screen would be stored in the bottom of the device. A side-effect of the rolled screen appears to be a rather unbalanced design, with the bottom of the device being rather thicker than the top. Some have nicknamed this design “The Wedge,” and it’s easy to see why.
It is hard to understand, why Samsung has to come up with such a design. What advantages would a user have a longer display? Even some people are still confused about Folding smartphones. Other than charging customers with extra $1000 there doesn’t seem much excitement in the folding device to some customers but with the longer screen, it is even worse and benefits are unimaginable. Samsung is a huge enterprise level company with a big research and development team, and it is likely sitting on a number of patented designs for new smartphones, from the classic to the absurd one. This could very well be one of the patents that’s never acted on. The idea of a phone with a rolling screen is possible, but this odd design may never reach the market.