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Samsung may be wooing active users with a new patent for a flexible smartphone that could blur the line between a phone and a smartwatch.
A report on Patently Mobile said the patent that surfaced at the US Patent Office hints at not just a flexible screen or display but at at a flexible frame.
"The invention just isn't about a flexible display but also a completely flexible frame that could be bent forwards and backwards with relative ease," it said.
Under the patent, the frame even has sections that can open up and grab a user's clothing and then lock it in temporarily.
"(A) runner, for example, doesn't have to wear an additional clip, armband and/or strap to hold their smartphone in place," it said.
The flexible device may also have a flexible battery pack in the inner space of the case frame, and a flexible display.
Also, the flexible device may have hinge holes or protrusions.
The case frame may be made of a synthetic resin, metal, glass, Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastic (GFRP), and a Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP).
But Patently Mobile also noted Samsung originally filed the patent application in the second quarter of 2014.
"Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time," it said.
In the patent, the camera could be used for video conferencing and general video capture, while a design with two or more cameras can support 3-D images. — Joel Locsin/TJD, GMA News
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