Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 slanted to come with two hinges, sliding keyboard
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 (not the official name) may come with a dual-hinge design and a sliding keyboard, according to a new report. It appears that Samsung is working on various folding phones and a model rumored to be the Galaxy Z Fold 3 was allegedly leaked in the form of product sketches from a design patent filed in 2018. They show a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 as designer. but with another panel that also folds, and has a sliding keyboard.
The design patent, such as famous by LetsGoDigital, was filed by Samsung Display in mid-2018 with the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and was discovered in July this year. It contains eight product sketches and a brief description, the report noted. The sketch shows a device in its unfolded state with two hinges and a keyboard protruding from one side. Based on the product sketches, the publication collaborated with Sarang Sheth, who is the editor-in-chief of Yanko Design (an online magazine for international product design), to create 3D renderings of the phone.
Looking at these renders, which as mentioned above are not from Samsung, the rumored Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a Galaxy Z Fold 2 like the design, but with an additional hinge that allows another screen to be unfolded, making it a single long screen in its unfolded form. One of the screens folds up normally like it does on the Galaxy Z Fold 2, but the third screen folds outward, allowing a usable screen to always be on top. Also, from the sides of one of the folding screens, you can see a sliding QWERTY keyboard with touch sensitive keys.
When fully folded, this phone in the render looks quite similar to the Galaxy Z Fold 2. The bezels are quite narrow and there is also a USB Type-C port. The renders show a perforated design for the front camera (depending on how you hold the phone) and a triple rear camera setup.
Renders shared by LetsGoDigital show the rumored Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 in different use cases and form factors. The design of this phone seems quite unique, but of course these are versions based on a patent and not necessarily on what the phone will look like. The report also mentions that the rumored phone will have a light indicator on the hinge as Samsung received a patent earlier this month.
So far, Samsung has not shared any information about the rumored Galaxy Z Fold 3 and these images are unofficial, so the actual phone could look quite different when it is officially announced.