Samsung's recent focus has been on the foldable display with the Korean giant launching the Galaxy Fold in September this year. While the firm is clearly working on more devices of a foldable ilk, a leaked patent shows they are also keen to launch a horizontal sliding phone design that bumps up the screen real estate by over 50%.
While details are scarce at the moment, it appears the phone works by pulling out a hidden screen on a sliding rail mechanism that increases the size by what appears to be almost double. Will that be a win in terms of durability and longevity of the device after foldable screens have been heavily scrutinised for their fragility?
With this sliding design, a normal 6-inch smartphone will turn urn into a 9-inch+ tablet. The loose renders from the patent application show that the hidden screen rides on a track in order to open and close.