Samsung is offering a polished clamshell foldable in the Galaxy Z Flip and a much-improved larger screen in the Galaxy Z. Pioneering work in the foldable space shows that the move allows for a larger tablet display.
Samsung Display may have provided a hint of future foldable smartphone designs, as it recently gave a sneak peek of a device with a “multi-folding” design. An accompanying photo shows a foldable phone with a Z-style folding mechanism, in which the left third of the display folds inwards and onto the front of the center third.
Moreover, the right third of the screen can fold backward, behind the center third of the display, thus providing a compact device, as compared to non-foldable displays.
There are several advantages inherent in the foldable display design. Of course, the user will have a much larger tablet experience when folded out compared to the current foldable. The design is also unlikely to result in a below-par phone experience, which was seen with the berthing years ago of the original Foldable having a very small phone screen.
The most important concern for the multi-folding design such as what Samsung is proposing is its durability and lifespan. The first-generation foldable smartphones had major, hinge-related problems, and so adding a second hinge would also come with serious challenges that ought to be overcome before the production of such foldable displays.
Many persons may opt to buy a tri-fold phone for different reasons, especially if the price is good and the phone is rugged enough. However, there are many others who may prefer other foldable options and others still who are outrightly not interested in foldable an of any hue.
It is possible that the introduction of a second folding point would result in a second display crease, but this is just a minor issue since Samsung came out with a good crease with the Galaxy Z Fold’s offering.
Samsung Display did not issue a timeline for the launch of triple foldable phones. But we would expect Samsung itself to be the first manufacturer to adopt this technology.
Source: samsung disply