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Samsung patents Galaxy Z Flip smartphone design with a dual punch-hole camera

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Samsung was one of the first companies to launch a foldable smartphone and is also actively trying to bring more and more such devices to the market. For this, the company has been experimenting with different foldable designs.

Now, a report coming from LetsGoDigital, citing a new patent from Samsung, claims that the South Korean giant is developing a Galaxy Z Flip-type smartphone that can be folded in two directions — inwards and outwards, eliminating the need for a larger cover display.

Samsung patents Galaxy Z Flip smartphone design with a dual punch-hole camera

The patent, applied in October last year, describes a clamshell phone with an elongated display, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. Because of the unique ability of the smartphone to fold in both directions, the hinge also needs to be redesigned.

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When folded, the flexible screen remains protected against external influences. Folding the device the other way gives access to a large screen on both the front and rear. Additionally, the phone can be used in a fully open position, after which the entire flexible screen can be used.

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Samsung patents Galaxy Z Flip smartphone design with a dual punch-hole camera

The phone features a dual punch-hole camera on the front side. As the flash cannot be used on the device due to safety concerns, the company has opted to illuminate the display as a workaround for flash.

Interestingly, the phone will come with an in-display fingerprint sensor, which if turns out to be true, will be the first time for a foldable smartphone. Currently, there is no foldable device that comes with an under-display fingerprint scanner.

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Do note that this is a patent from Samsung and there’s a possibility that the company isn’t planning to launch such a device anytime soon. However, the company is working on several foldable smartphones, including the Z Flip (5G), Z Flip 3, and Z Fold 3 that will get launched later this year.

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