Samsung Electronics is so obsessed with promoting its flexible displays that it is starting to use them to create the most bizarre devices of dubious value in terms of design features. In January of this year, a patent application was discovered describing a hybrid laptop, each of the parts of which can be folded in half.
The SamMobile resource told about the outlandish invention of Samsung specialists. The patent application, which appeared on the website of the international organization WIPO, describes the design of a laptop with a detachable keyboard unit. The part of the device endowed with a display can be used as a full-fledged tablet, it is possible to enter information with a pen and a touch interface. The flexible display allows you to fold this part of the device twice more, reducing the area it occupies during storage or transportation.
Accordingly, the keyboard unit also folds in half. It probably contains the bulk of the battery cells, as well as ports for connecting peripherals. The appearance of such a patent application by no means guarantees the entry of this laptop into the market, but as a concept sample, Samsung may well demonstrate it in the future.
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