The office of the United States patent and trademark office (USPTO) published patent documents Samsung crack smartphone equipped with flexible display.
We are talking about the device in form-factor “clamshell”. When folded, the upper section of the housing to close the lower not fully, leaving a visible part of the display.
To protect the screen from damage when folded it is proposed to give the cover a transparent segment. Through it the user will be able to see various notifications, useful information, etc.
This design eliminates the need to use an external display, which will reduce the total cost of the apparatus.
Patent illustration indicate the presence of dual cameras. Technical characteristics of the device, unfortunately, not given.
Interestingly, in the patent documentation also describes a smartphone with a similar design of the top cover, but is made in the form of a booklet.
On when these smartphones might appear on the commercial market, yet nothing is reported.