Given the success of the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Samsung is doubtlessly working on a new version of its foldable phone for 2022. And based on a recently approved patent, the company could be considering a new look for the next edition of the best foldable phone.
Let’s Go Digital says that earlier this month, Samsung won approval from the World Intellectual Property Office for a a patent that covers a foldable phone with an expanded screen size and a horizontal hinge. To help illustrate the look of a such a device, the Dutch site created a concept render showing a Galaxy Z Fold with a horizontal hinge.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3, like previous Folds, uses a vertical hinge that allows you to open the phone like a book revealing the interior display. A horizontal hinge would shift that orientation so that the device opens more like a flip phone — only with a Galaxy Z Fold-sized screen, presumably.