Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Motorola Patented A Foldable Smartphone

Motorola Patented A Foldable Smartphone

As per The Verge report, the cover could even provide wireless charging if desired.

ZTE uses two screens in its folding Axon M phone, but how about a folding device that uses three? As per the design, there is a wide rectangular display that can be folded to give a smartphone-like experience, while unfolding it will make the device work like a tablet.

Motorola patented a foldable smartphone that when extended would transform into a tablet, and by the looks of the drawings found over at the World Intellectual Property Organization the hinge would have a similar design to that of the Lenovo YOGA Android tablet. The phone patent shows a flexible display that wraps around a hinge, plus a cover that can protect the display or prop the phone up like a tent. We've been waiting for one since about two years ago when we started hearing about Samsung's plans for smartphones with bendable screens and rollable displays. It is possible that Motorola might have moved past it. What sets Motorola's idea different from the others is the inclusion of a case that is housed with the device itself.

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Other companies have been heard to also join the bandwagon like Lenovo with those flexible displays and devices, ZTE with the Axon Multy dual-screen phone, LG, Google, OPPO, and just recently, Huawei.As for Lenovo, there was that foldable folio tablet prototype shown off in a video past year.

"With the new technology, especially foldable screens, I think you will see more and more innovation on our smartphone design". The latter would be used to control the unit when it is in "smartphone mode". Then, based on the position of the hinge (and, therefore, of the two main displays), the third display region would display relevant information, which could relate directly to either - or both - of the larger displays. You can check out some images from the patent application by clicking on the slideshow below.

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