Samsung has just patented a new photo sensor mounted on a motorized hinge for its future foldable smartphones. The idea is to offer only a single set of sensors that it will be possible to orient towards the outside or the inside of the smartphone depending on the case. One way for Samsung to lower manufacturing costs by integrating fewer photo sensors.
Samsung is constantly filing patents. You have to take your documents for what they really are: legal protection for the good ideas found by your R&D teams. Not all patents lead to marketed products. However, the latest patent filed by the manufacturer before the American Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) seems to be one of the ideas that will likely be retained by the firm to lower the price of its future foldable smartphones .
The document in fact describes a system of photo sensors mounted on a motorized hinge in a corner of the smartphone . The sketches show that this set of sensors rotates automatically according to user needs. For example, if the Camera app is in selfie mode and you’ve opened the tablet, these sensors will automatically turn to your face.
SAMSUNG WANTS US TO BE ABLE TO RETURN THE PHOTOSENSORS OF ITS NEXT FOLDABLE SMARTPHONES
Conversely, if you want to capture a scene, all you have to do is press a button in the application for all the sensors to change orientation. The idea may seem preposterous on a premium smartphone. After all, Samsung has experimented with rotating photo sensors before, but only on its entry / mid-range devices like the Galaxy A80 .
However, there is a real stake in reducing the number of photo sensors on these very premium and expensive smartphones . This is also what we can already observe between the Galaxy Fold and the Galaxy Z Fold 2. The brand’s first foldable smartphone indeed included no less than six photo sensors: three main sensors, a double selfie sensor in one. notch at the top right of the main screen and an additional selfie sensor at the top of the small external screen
On the Galaxy Fold 2 5G we go to five photo sensors: three main, a selfie sensor in a punch on the main screen, and another at the top of the external screen. Switching to just three or even four main sensors that can be used both for taking selfies and for taking pictures of scenes therefore seems quite possible. It has also not escaped you that Samsung is seeking to lower the selling price of its foldable smartphones .
The Fold 2 was initially offered at € 2,020 , but Samsung has significantly lowered its price since . The premium photo sensors of these smartphones being relatively expensive, we imagine that by removing a few would make these smartphones more affordable from the outset without neglecting some of their features.