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Samsung patents unique Galaxy Z Flip phone with foldable and sliding display

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 march 2024 update

Samsung regularly patents foldable and expandable smartphone models. Some are based on the already available Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 foldable smartphones, while others have a completely different form factor. The Korean company is expected to achieve that success with upgraded models this year.

And now we have a feasible design for one of Samsung’s future Flip series Foldable smartphones (via-letsgodigital). This is not a concept render, it is a design based on a Samsung patent. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) released the documentation for the smartphone design patent from Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Slide foldable smartphone

The device has been touted as a “multi-folding electronic device” that is essentially a foldable smartphone. But it’s not like the current Galaxy Z Flip ClamShell foldable. Although it is still folded horizontally, it is stretchable.

When folded, this phone is as compact as the Galaxy Z Flip 3. You can open it to get the full-size smartphone screen. On top of that, you can double the screen real estate by dragging up the screen where the device can roll from the bottom. When completely removed, the device is twice as big as Flip3.

According to the documentation, the device is built to split the entire screen into two straight halves and two flat halves. It allows users to, for example, play multiplayer games simultaneously on the same device. This patent documentation explains that Samsung does not equip this foldable smartphone with a secondary display on the outside.

The patent application does not always prove that such a product is under development or that the company is considering it. While foldables for smartphones are definitely moving forward, we may still be a few years away from realizing multi-folding smartphones. It is also equipped with foldable and rollable technology.

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Samsung’s new 5G modem fuels satellite connectivity in Google Pixel 9 series

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Google‘s Pixel 9 series is ready to introduce a significant upgrade with emergency satellite connectivity and new Samsung modem. This series aims to solve the persistent connectivity problems seen in previous Pixel models.

According to the information via AndroidAuthority, Samsung Modem 5400 will be integrated with Tensor G4 chips for the Pixel 9 series to bring significant improvements in terms of speed, power efficiency, and stability

The Pixel 9’s modem will support 5G non-terrestrial networks (NTN), which means it will enable satellite-based communication. This is particularly important for emergencies where standard network coverage is unavailable.

Moreover, this innovative feature is not exclusive to the Pixel 9. The next-generation Pixel Fold and a 5G tablet, currently under development, will also be equipped with the same modem.

One of the most notable features of this upgrade is the ability to connect with emergency services via satellite, which is crucial for users in areas without cellular coverage. To facilitate this, Google has implemented a system that guides users through a set of questions, allowing for quick communication with emergency responders. For example,

  • What happened?
  • [Are you/Are they/Is everyone] breathing?
  • In total, how many people are [missing/trapped]?
  • What best describes your situation?
  • What is on fire?
  • Are there weapons involved?

Although the release details for the 5G tablet are still unclear, the Pixel 9 series is expected to lead the way in mobile communication technology, ensuring users can remain connected in any location.

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Samsung’s Variable Aperture Camera makes surprise return with Leica Leitz Phone 3

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Leica Leitz Phone 3 Variable Aperture Camera

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S10 were equipped with variable aperture Camera tech, which could be revived with the next Leica phone. World-know camera manufacturer Leica also has a dedicated smartphone segment, which focuses on stunning camera specifications.

Latest inputs indicate that the upcoming Leitz Phone 3 by Leica will feature a variable aperture camera tech – the same as Samsung’s legendary Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S10. The company is reportedly working on the Leitz Phone 3 which will be launched in Japan only.

Camera Specs

Leica Leitz Phone 3 is said to have a 47.2MP primary 1-inch sensor with an aperture of f/1.9, a depth sensor with 1.9MP, plus a 12.6MP sensor for the front camera. The specs are the same as Phone 2, but the variable aperture feature sets the Leitz Phone 3 apart.

The company itself confirmed that the Leitz Phone 3 is equipped with variable aperture camera tech. This high-profile camera feature will allow users to adjust the opening to the sensor to improve photography in different lighting conditions.

Leica is also said to have optimized software with Noctilux-M 1:1.2/50 mm, Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 mm, and Summilux-M 1:1.4/35 mm sensors. As a result, the smartphone will allow users to choose between f/1.2, f/1.4, and f/8 aperture levels to better shoot in sunlight and low-light conditions.

Leica Leitz Phone 3

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Xiaomi Mix Fold 4 targets Samsung Fold’s Achilles heel w/ dual zoom camera

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Xiaomi MIX FOLD 4

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Z Flip 6 might not get any camera upgrades. Meanwhile, the Xiaomi MIX FOLD 4 is expected to be equipped with dual zoom camera sensors, which will leave the next Samsung Fold in the dust.

AndroidHeadlines spotted in HyperOS code that the upcoming Xiaomi MIX FOLD 4 features two telephoto cameras: a 60MP 2x camera (OV60A40) and a 10MP 5x periscope lens (S5K3K1).

Dual telephoto isn’t happening for the first time in foldable phones as vivo X Fold and X Fold Plus already offer the feature. However, dual zoom cameras are still difficult to see in regular phones and rare in foldables.

While Xiaomi is uplifting the foldable zoom camera game with MIX FOLD 4, Samsung might continue to bring a 10-megapixel 3x telephoto camera to its next-generation Galaxy Z Fold smartphones.

Apart from this, Xiaomi’s next Fold boasts a 50MP main camera (OVX8000), a 13MP ultrawide rear lens (OV13B10), and a 16MP selfie camera on each panel. The rated battery capacity and charging speed of 100W is also rumored.

Xiaomi MIX FOLD 4

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