Sliding-Clamshell Design by Samsung
Samsung has attempted to marry the two most stylish mobile phone designs in an attempt to make a practical design for Samsung's new mobile phone. The sliding-clamshell design is a combination of the sliding and folding forms.
The sliding-clamshell phone will be built from a soft cover that will allow the body to slide lengthwise and become extended and folded. In sliding phones, the displays are often large but are unprotected so they're susceptible to damage. They're also too bulky sometimes. Clamshell phones on the other hand are portable because of their small size, but the displays are also small. The sliding-clamshell phone tries to combine the great features of these two forms.
This new phone design will be portable because of its relatively small size and will have a display bigger than a clamshell's. When one opens the device, the soft external cover will become a track for the body. It has a corrugated hinge that links the track in place. When sliding the body upwards, the phone shows two keypad sections. This allows the user to use both hands in a horizontal. This design is also ideal for mobile gaming.
This design may look really odd in the start, but since usability is the essence of the sliding-clamshell design, people will eventually buy the idea. Samsung though, has not yet released any information on when they'll be manufacturing phones using this design. Hopefully soon.