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Motorola foldable smartphone release on track with patent approval

14 May, 2018, 06:23 | Author: Tara Roberts
  • Motorola foldable smartphone release on track with patent approval

There is no clarity on whether the patents will manifest in actual products, though Microsoft at least appears to be putting some thought into the concept.

Folding phones and tablets will likely be the next big thing in the personal tech domain, with manufacturers such as Apple, Samsung, and Huawei all said to be working on their own foldable handsets.

There's also a possibility of NFC and wireless charging which will again be due to the addition of the casing, 'cause the two-display form factor reduces the means to employ wireless charging.

This year may not be the time when foldable phones go mainstream but we're crossing our fingers we'll finally get to try a real working foldable device anytime soon. While the hinge is expected to maintain stability for the whole device, the screen itself will fold both inwards and outwards along with the hinge.

It looks foldable devices could be the next trend in the smartphone industry.

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If you unfold the device, you will work with two complete phone screens, which results in a tablet format. Much of the Surface line's pedigree, after all, lies in the way the devices integrate features like hinges into their overall design.

Discovered by Netherlands-based website LetsGoDigital, the sketches that are part of the patent filing show a device with a large screen and a hinge running vertically down the middle.

If rumors are to be believed, Motorola is gearing up to launch a foldable smartphone. As per the patent application, the information found on the third screen depends on the state of the hinge. This wouldn't be the first device to include some sort of 3D image capture as the LG G Slate had two cameras on the back that were for this exact goal, but it wasn't a feature which really took off with consumers, so it also wasn't implemented in many devices.

This will be materialized by 2019 with the foldable smartphone to be released in 2018 to be named Andromeda CShell. Notably, the patent was originally filed in September 2016.

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