The Mate X's design means that the display is always visible, even when folded. The display may be more prone to damage when dropped, but damn it sure does look good in the process.
However, a new patent filing from Samsung -- which was unearthed by Let's Go Digital-- shows that the company's second-generation folding smartphone could adopt the folding design style of the Mate X. Like the Mate X, this new Samsung design has just one large display, which when folded faces outwards.
Unlike the Mate X, however, this Samsung patent doesn't show a prominent "spine" which would hold the cameras, fingerprint sensor, power button, etc. One interesting design aspect of Samsung's new vision for a folding smartphone, however, is the appearance of what looks like a locking mechanism. This lock seems to prevent the display from unfurling when the user intends to operate the device in tablet mode.
The current Galaxy Fold features a 7.3-inch Infinity Flex display and a smaller 4.6-inch secondary display on the outside. It's powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 processor with 12GB of RAM and has 512GB of internal storage onboard. It also features dual batteries which combine to provide 4,380 mAh of capacity (wired and wireless charging is supported). The smartphone features a total of six cameras onboard.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is priced at $1,980 and will ship pin the United States during the second quarter.