Perhaps the main component of any smartphone is its hinge. It is thanks to it that the equipment’s screen folds, but what if this component could be a giant notification LED?
Apparently, Samsung thought it would be a fantastic idea to the point of patenting it. For this, the South Korean wants to add a kind of LED strip to the hinge of a forthcoming Galaxy Z Fold.
Next Galaxy Z Fold may have a large notification LED on its hinge
In the images that illustrate Samsung’s new patent, we see an LED strip that takes up the entire hinge dimension of a possible new Galaxy Z Fold. A ribbon composed of a total of six LEDs.
The patent does not specify the purpose of this addition, but it is almost impossible not to think of it as a huge notification LED. With its size and its RGB colors, it will be possible to create patterns for various purposes.
Therefore, you could choose a certain color or pattern for a call and others for a simple notification. We don’t know if there will be room for individual customization, but if so, your imagination would be the limit.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 already has a large outdoor screen with Always on Display to show you relevant information. However, it is much more discreet than an LED strip with different patterns and colors whenever you receive a notification.
The submission of this patent does not mean that Samsung will use the technology in any of its products. However, this document can be interpreted as a clue to what to expect from the next Samsung folding.
Judging by its presentation calendar in 2020, the next folding of the South Korean should be the Galaxy Z Flip 2. Only later in the summer should the Galaxy Z Fold 3 be introduced. Will any of them come with this feature ?
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