Samsung has patented a phone with a screen that wraps around the edge and part of the way onto the back, according to a report by LetsGoDigital.
Originally filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in September 2016, the patent has not been published until now. It does not explain what the use of having a wraparound display would be.
In some of the diagrams of the device, it appears that apps would sit right at the edge of the screen. TechRadar.com thinks these might be “hard to click on”.
This isn’t the first time a company has secured a patent for a wraparound screen. Apple and LG have both been granted patents to produce devices with this sort of display. And earlier this year, Meizu produced a smartphone with a 1.9-inch 240 x 536 screen on the back, the Pro 7. It displays the weather, a clock, simple notifications and a music player. It also features a mirror for taking photos with the main rear camera.
However, the Pro 7 has two distinctly different screens, which is where it differs from the device rendered in Samsung’s patent.
The news of the company’s intentions comes as two well-respected smartphone leakers have revealed that the upcoming Galaxy S9 will not be radically different to this year’s S8, despite industry experts initially generally thinking the opposite.
According to Ice Universe, the S9’s smaller bezels, increased power and dual cameras will no longer feature as Samsung’s internal testing did not pass it.
Meanwhile, OnLeaks has reported that Samsung will give the S9 a single camera, while the S9 Plus will receive dual cameras. This is a strategy seen with Apple’s iPhones and something Samsung has not done up until now.