7 Samsung Rumors: Is Samsung Working on Foldable Phones?

Each week, an array of exciting new Samsung rumors surfaces. Even if speculation about future component upgrades or rumors about devices that may or may not actually materialize don’t normally hold your attention, it’s hard not to be curious about what one of the biggest tech companies in the world is planning. Read on for this week’s most interesting reports about Samsung’s plans and future products, from what’s going on with its upcoming smartphones to the company’s plans for new tablets, a redesigned S Pen, and Android Nougat updates for existing phones.

1. The Galaxy S8 could get a dual-camera system

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There’s a rumor that future Galaxy phones from Samsung might come with a duel-camera system | David Ramos/Getty Images

SamMobile reports that a patent application that Samsung filed recently in South Korea may indicate that the Galaxy S8 will get a dual-camera system. The filing details a camera interface with improved zoom control, with zoom achievable via a one-finger gesture. The fact that Samsung is looking to improve the camera’s zoom control seems to coincide with rumors that the upcoming Galaxy S8 could be equipped with a dual-camera system. Such a setup would offer zoom capabilities more advanced than those of a more traditional camera, and would give Samsung a good reason to make it easier for users to take advantage of the camera’s zoom functionality.

2. Samsung phones may get bendable or foldable screens in the near future

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Wish your screen was bendable? Samsung might have the answer | Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

The Korea Herald reports that Samsung has filed a patent for the technology to manufacture bendable displays with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The publication notes that Samsung has filed a total of 30 related patents with the USPTO, 14 of them in 2016. The patents have reportedly “either been registered both at home and abroad or disclosed to the public years ago, suggesting that the tech giant and its affiliate have prepared for the launch of such models.” It’s been reported that Samsung is considering introducing two smartphones next February, one of which would fold in half, while the other may unfold from a 5-inch form into an 8-inch form. As SamMobile notes, the news comes only a few months after Samsung was granted a patent for software that could power bendable and foldable displays.

3. A foldable Samsung tablet may be on its way

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 2: The Samsung logo is displayed on a screen prior to the start of a launch event for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 at the Hammerstein Ballroom, August 2, 2016 in New York City. The stylus equipped smartphone will be available starting August 19, with preorders starting August 3.

Your next Samsung tablet may be able to fold, too | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Speaking of foldable screens, SamMobile reports that Samsung has been awarded a patent for a foldable tablet that features an integrated keyboard and stand. Illustrations show that the device has a foldable keyboard, plus an integrated kickstand on the back, and three foldable segments that, when open, combine to form a large display. The patent doesn’t address the materials that Samsung will use, and of course it doesn’t give us any idea of the kind of timeline that Samsung is considering for such a foldable tablet. But it’s possible that the company is considering an entire lineup of foldable devices, if its recent patent filings are any indication.

4. The Galaxy Note 8 may get a redesigned S Pen

A man stands by signboards of Samsung Galaxy Note7 during a showcase to mark its domestic launch in Seoul on August 11, 2016. The Note7 will be available starting August 19, with a price of 988,900 won (897 USD) in South Korea. / AFP / JUNG YEON-JE

The Samsung S Pen is rumored to change | Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

Chris Smith reports for BGR that while Samsung is likely hard at work making sure that the battery of the Galaxy Note 8 won’t have any issues, the company is also planning some exciting new features for the flagship device. Those features may include a redesigned S Pen, which a newly-discovered patent indicates could be equipped with a speaker. The patent in question describes a speaker system that would work differently depending on the position of the stylus. When the S Pen is docked, for instance, sound would emanate from the bottom of the stylus. But when it’s in use, sound would be emitted from the S Pen enclosure. Smith posits that the invention would enable Samsung to free up space inside the next Galaxy Note, since it could then jettison the speaker and speaker grille found on the current generation. That extra space might be used to boost battery capacity, or even house additional components.

5. Samsung may drop the headphone jack from the Galaxy S8

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 2: Samsung employees stand at display tables during a launch event for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 at the Hammerstein Ballroom, August 2, 2016 in New York City. The stylus equipped smartphone will be available starting August 19, with preorders starting August 3.

The headphone jack as we know it is rumored to disappear from the Galaxy S8 | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Aric Suber-Jenkins reports for Mic that according to current rumor, Samsung may follow in Apple’s steps and drop the headphone jack from the upcoming Galaxy S8. A number of sources have suggested that Samsung is ready to part ways with the technology, in part thanks to a press release published by the USB Implementers Forum. The document details the Audio Device 3.0 specification for the USB Type-C port, which Samsung included on the Galaxy Note 7. The document explains that “device manufacturers can eliminate the need for multiple ports and efficiently deliver data, power, and video over a single connector with USB Type-C.” It adds, “USB Audio over USB Type-C allows [original equipment manufacturers] to remove the 3.5mm analog audio jack, shaving up to a millimeter off product designs and reducing the number of connectors on a device.”

6. Samsung seems to be in the final stages of testing Android Nougat for the Galaxy S7

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 13: A festival goer takes a photo on a Samsung Note5 of singer Sia performing onstage at Samsung Galaxy Life Fest at SXSW 2016 on March 13, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Samsung)

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Nougat update might be well on its way | Rick Kern/Getty Images

SamMobile reports that Samsung seems to be in the final stages of testing the long-waited Nougat update for the Galaxy S7. A variant of the device running Android 7.0 has appeared on the official GFXBench online database, and SamMobile reports that “typically, when a unit is benchmarked operating a new version of Android, it indicates that a rollout is imminent.” Samsung has been testing Nougat firmware for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in Poland, and it’s likely that the company will soon begin distributing an update for the phones in Europe.

7. Samsung’s flagship flip phone seems to be close to a launch

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Samsung might encourage the resurgence of the flip phone | Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images

Numerous rumors have surfaced about Samsung’s upcoming flagship flip phone, codenamed “Veyron.” SamMobile reports that the device seems to be close to a launch, since it’s received its FCC certification. The device is expected to feature a 4.2-inch full HD super AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of expandable storage. It is also likely to be equipped with a 12MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP front-facing camera, plus a fingerprint sensor, Samsung Pay support, and a USB Type-C port. While the FCC certification likely means that an announcement is coming soon, we still don’t have any reason to think that Samsung will launch the phone anywhere except China.