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Samsung has successfully registered yet another smartphone patent. The tech giant already owns a number of patents for what could be future flexible and bendable Galaxy handsets. Fans are hoping that Samsung can produce at least one elastic model from all of its patented phone concepts in the near future.

Despite owning a collection of flexible phone concepts for years now, Samsung has yet to launch an actual device with any of the innovations. The US Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Samsung another one that involves a new flexible phone display structure. The design and enhancements will permit screens to bend and even allow handsets to be folded.

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Simply put, it seems that the South Korean company has been able to integrate a flexible material in one of the panel sheets. The patent certification references polyarylate (PAR), polyethylene naphthalate (PEN), polyether sulfone (PES), polycarbonate (PC), polyether imide (PEI), and polyimide (PI). All the substances will help create a grid that can uphold physically when bent.

According to Patently Mobile, Samsung may be trying to develop a smartphone that bends on its own, without the help of any external force. The company hopes that this will be made possible with the help of a dielectric elastomer film.

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Earlier this month, Apple was also granted rights to a new patent involving a foldable phone concept, which ultimately confirmed the rumours that have made rounds for a number of years about Apple possibly launching a foldable iPhone in the future. Just like the latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the Cupertino-based company’s future iPhone will still utilise a framework made of glass, aluminium, plastic or ceramic. Apple is set to use carbon nanotubes to allow its future flagship phone to be literally folded.

Innovative phone concepts like the ones Apple and Samsung have could take years to implement though. Patents also do not guarantee for an actual product to be released.