What will foldable smartphones from the future look like? Maybe a lot like the recently released ZTE Axon M, shown above. But if a recent patent filing potentially hinting at the Samsung Galaxy X is any indication, it will resemble a Nintendo 3DS, but you know, better.

The images presented in the patent below from LetsGoDigital ring to the bell of a similar tune to ZTE’s concept-in-action: two displays of equal size held together by a hinge.

A closer look at the images presented below show a device that appears much thinner than ZTE’s, which is close in thickness to a deck of cards – a nevertheless impressive feat of engineering that could be trounced by Samsung’s years of expertise in the field.

And opposed to ZTE’s device, an easy comparison since it’s the only example on the market, Samsung’s phone-in-the-making places the screens on the inside of the hinge, much like Nintendo’s popular dual-screened hand-held and similar in effect to a 2-in-1 computer. Why have the fragile screens facing outward when the foldable design could protect them?

The future is such a tease

The far-flung dream of foldable phones is, seemingly, different than what’s currently possible. Originally shown off at CES 2013, Samsung’s flexible AMOLED display gave us hope that there would soon be a smartphone that looked just like it: thin, single-screened, and so bendable that, perhaps, you could wrap it around your wrist.

Source : Techradar