US 9,811,119 B2
Foldable electronic device including flexible display element
Ho-seong Seo, Suwon-si (KR)
Assigned to SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., Suwon-si (KR)
Filed by SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., Suwon-si (KR)
Filed on Aug. 26, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/468,667.
Claims priority of application No. 10-2013-0101292 (KR), filed on Aug. 26, 2013.
Prior Publication US 2015/0055287 A1, Feb. 26, 2015
Int. Cl. G06F 1/16 (2006.01); H04M 1/02 (2006.01)
CPC G06F 1/1652 (2013.01) [G06F 1/1641 (2013.01); G06F 1/1679 (2013.01); G06F 1/1681 (2013.01); H04M 1/0216 (2013.01); H04M 1/0268 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An electronic device comprising:
a flexible display comprising a first portion, a second portion, and a third portion between the first portion and the second portion;
a first body for supporting the first portion of the flexible display;
a second body for supporting the second portion of the flexible display;
a hinge unit for foldably connecting the first body and the second body; the hinge unit comprising:
a flexible support member; and
a plurality of slit members, each of the plurality of slit members comprising a fixed end fixedly connected to the flexible support member and a free end extending from the flexible support member which supports the third portion of the flexible display; and
a plurality of gap-widening prevention members connecting free ends of adjacent slit members among the plurality of slit members,
wherein when the first body and the second body are folded, a distance between free ends of the plurality of slit members changes, and
wherein when the first body and the second body are opened the gap-widening prevention members prevent the distance between the free ends of the adjacent slit members from being greater than a predetermined distance.