Galaxy Z Fold 3 Patent Hints No Physical Buttons for the New Smartphone

This Friday, May 21st, the 91mobiles website revealed an interesting patent application filed by Samsung at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The documents present a folding device very similar to those found in the Galaxy Fold line and describe a side touch button design, without mechanical components.

According to the website, the device described in the documents may actually be the Galaxy Z Fold 3, given that the device has already appeared in several rumors and is supposedly expected for the month of August.

The patent description justifies that the technology would avoid possible problems in the folding mechanism of the cell phone, which could be caused by pressing the traditional physical buttons.

As the patent suggests, the user would be able to control the device through touch and gesture, with either the “open” or “closed” device. Thus, if implemented, Samsung would be promoting more freedom of use and comfort to the consumer by adopting the side touch buttons.

via 91mobiles

In this context, the novelty could also appear on other folding devices from South Korea, such as the Galaxy Z Flip. On the other hand, as it is a patent, it is worth waiting for Samsung’s official announcement before creating any expectations, since the registration of the document may have been made only for the protection of intellectual property and, therefore, it may not be implemented in the final version of the smartphone.

By Richard Lai

Richard is a Mass Comm student in Taiwan. Apart from being a writer on this website, Richard also runs his own E-commerce business.