- A new Galaxy Z Fold 6 patent has surfaced on the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
- The patent indicates that the Galaxy Z Fold 6 could have a slimmer hinge than the Galaxy Z Fold 5.
- The design showcased in the patent also suggests a broader cover display than its predecessor.
A new patent for the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 6 has surfaced on the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It suggests a broader cover display and a slimmer foldable device, particularly when folded, compared to the current generation Galaxy Z Fold 5.
According to this patent, the hinge on the upcoming foldable appears to be thinner than the one seen on the existing Galaxy Z Fold 5, which is good. It helps reduce stress on the foldable device with a unique hinge design. The expectation is Samsung will introduce this slimmer hinge with the upcoming Z Fold 6.
Galaxy Z Fold devices have always been quite chunkier than competitors given that when folded up it is essentially too screens coming together. The current Galaxy Z Fold 5 is 13.4mm thick when folded. This is considerably thicker than other foldables like the Huawei Mate X3 (11.8mm) and the Xiaomi Mix Fold 3 (10.9mm).
However, it seems like the South Korean giant is finally working towards trimming down the weight from their book-style foldable.
The designs in the patent are interesting. The Galaxy Z Fold 6 looks different from the current models. Instead of being tall and narrow when closed, the cover screen is wider and shorter. Samsung appears to be moving away from the tall cover screen approach and opting for a more standard cover display, similar to what we’ve seen on the OnePlus Open.
Additionally, a few months ago, another Galaxy Z Fold 6 patent suggested that the upcoming foldable device would feature a built-in S Pen slot. This is not an option with the current Galaxy Z Fold 5, where you need to purchase a separate case for the S Pen, and the case alone costs Rs 8,000.
Nevertheless, it’s crucial to keep in mind that all this information relies on patents, which can be quite theoretical and uncertain. A patent doesn’t guarantee that the concept will make it into a future product and Samsung could still be testing the same. The actual implementation for this slimmer hinge could take more time given companies also rely on rigorous testing to ensure that a new design is durable.