This year has been a year of profound innovations for the smartphone industry. We already saw the manufacturers providing aggressive designs and competitive features in their smartphones in order to excel in the craft. The next big thing for the smartphone industry could be the foldable phones as most of the handset makers have already started acquiring patents for the said technology.
World Intellectual Property Organization has already approved Motorola’s patent for a foldable phone. The drawings from the patents indicate that the device’s display could be folded to turn it into a phone and unfolded into a larger screen tablet.
The hinges on the top and bottom bezels will assist the device to fold. We can also see a cover to protect the back screen when folded. The cover can also be used to mount the phone like a tent so that you can watch movies or media hands-free.
Earlier in 2016 Motorola’s parent company, Lenovo, showcased a bendable phone concept officially known as the CPlus which could bend around your wrist like a watch. It seems Motorola is determined to the task and it may not be far from now to see the first foldable phone from Motorola as the company’s CEO Yang Yuanqing said,
“With the new technology, especially foldable screens, I think you will see more and more innovation on our smartphone design. So hopefully what you just described [the Motorola Razr brand] will be developed or realized very soon.”
Samsung is also working on its much-rumored bendable phone, Galaxy X and according to a report, Huawei aims to launch its first foldable phone in November. LG has also acquired a patent for a smartphone with a bendable screen.
Coming up with a fold-out phone is not an easy task as the internals of the phone including camera module, battery, chipset should be flexible enough to support the design, yet thanks to the state of the art engineering in smartphone industry, such phones are on their way and we could see them launch sooner than we thought.