In recent news, Samsung is speculated to introduce a more affordable variant of the Galaxy Z Fold 6, alongside the standard Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Galaxy Z Flip 6 later this year. However, the focus remains on what enhancements the regular Galaxy Z Fold 6 might bring, especially addressing users’ demands for a wider cover screen.
There are indications that Samsung might fulfill this request, as suggested by recent reports and a newly filed patent (US 11,889,006 B2) with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This patent outlines a foldable smartphone design technology that has the potential to make devices slimmer compared to the existing Galaxy Z Fold series while introducing a broader body to accommodate a wider cover screen and a more expansive inner foldable screen. The device illustrated in the patent documentation exhibits a curvier design compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy Z Fold 5. Pigtou, in collaboration with XLeaks7 (David Kowalski), has even created a render based on this patent, providing a visual representation of the potential device.
The patent images reveal a foldable smartphone that is not only thinner but also wider and more curved. Additionally, it unveils various components such as screws, springs, and gears integral to the hinge mechanism. While many patented designs don’t necessarily translate into actual products, there is a reasonable likelihood that Samsung could incorporate this particular design into upcoming smartphones. This move aligns with the desires of Galaxy Z Fold users and potential buyers who have been vocal about their preferences, including a broader cover screen, a slimmer form factor, an increased battery capacity, and the integration of an S Pen. The new patent signals Samsung’s efforts to address some of these demands, particularly the focus on a wider body and cover screen.