Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: The Smartphone With No Physical Buttons?


There have been a number of companies that had every intention of becoming the first to release a folding smartphone but Samsung proved to be the one to take center stage when the time came. Up to this day, the South Korean giant still stands at the head of this particular race, in spite of other companies now introducing similar products. 

Its initial success means that a lot of users are now looking forward to its next flagship. 



There’s been renders floating all over the internet showcasing how this much-anticipated smartphone might look like but now LetsGoDigital has unearthed a patent that shows a Samsung Galaxy Fold design that does not feature any physical buttons in the sense that we’ve been used to – it might rely on touch-based ones instead. 

This, while a little odd, makes sense: the patent states that physical buttons on a foldable device such as the Galaxy Fold do nothing but apply excessive force on just one side of the housing, eventually leading to damage to the hinge. 

According to the patent, the user can use the buttons for increasing or decreasing volume, locking and unlocking the phone while other tasks can be done simply by tapping and swiping gestures. The device will rely heavily on virtual keys and gesture controls. 

This would prove to be very useful when the phone is folded, allowing the users more space to use and overall facilitating a smoother user experience. 



The phone will have a 7.56 screen with no notch, as the camera will be set under the screen and will be perfectly capable of taking selfies and making video calls. 

In order to allow use of the S Pen (which will be included along with the smartphone) the device will sport a new, thicker version of UTG glass technology as well. 

Under the hood, we will most likely find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset though we will see a reduction in battery power, from 4500mAh to 4380mAh. However, the device will benefit from 25W fast charging and we can definitely expect some camera improvements. 

We don’t have an official date from Samsung on when the device will be introduced to the world, but the company seems set on foldable devices and we can’t argue: afterall, aren’t these the devices we only dreamed about a decade ago?


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