New images show off Samsung’s 360 degree hinge that could come to the Fold 5

Flexible In Out Display Prototype

TL;DR

  • Samsung revealed a prototype 360 folding display and waterdrop hinge at CES.
  • New images show exactly what the prototypes can do.
  • It’s believed that the prototypes could be used in the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 5.

If there’s one thing that bothers consumers about foldable phones, it’s the screen crease. Samsung has been working on a way to eliminate that crease once and for all and it may have done it with its new prototype screen and hinge. Now we have new photos that show the technology in action.

Samsung came to CES 2023 with two product concepts: its “Flex In and Out” display and a new hinge. What makes the display interesting is its ability to rotate 360 degrees, so on a foldable phone, the screen could be folded inward or outward. As for the hinge, its design allows for a looser shape — resembling a waterdrop — when folded inward which results in the crease being significantly less noticeable.

These prototypes were discovered at Samsung’s CES 2023 booth, but there was initially only one good photo of it. However, Samsung has shared some new images with The Verge that show off the form factor and the technology being used.

The device shown in the photos is not a Galaxy Z Fold device, but it does have a similar form factor. As we stated in our earlier report, the hinge allows for this device to be thinner than any Fold model, thanks to its ability to get rid of the hinge gap. It’s also rumored that the hinge could help with reducing weight.

It’s expected that the Flex In and Out display and waterdrop hinge could be adopted by Samsung’s next foldable phone — the Galaxy Z Fold 5.

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