Foldable phones are considered to be the next miracle of mobile phone technology for which many tech leaders are working for many years. Though no one has announced its success story but the year 2018 seems to be the year when we are closer to this concept becoming reality.
Earlier Samsung was seen filing its patent for the alleged Galaxy X and now another tech brand from South Korea, LG, has been found with concept of two foldable phones.
According to details shared by GSMinfo, LG filed a patent to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) back in July 2017 that describes the device as “a mobile phone with a flexible display which can be folded in half.” The design patent shows two versions of the potential phone.
Looking at LG’s first concept, the device to be made of two individual bodies sharing a single screen. It looks like a wider display tablet when the phone is opened but reshapes to a very narrow candy-bar device when it is closed; a camera module on the back with flash and a display on the front showcasing information like time & weather and a camera sensor at the bottom. This approach is similar to ZTE’s Axon M foldable phone that also folds in the middle.
The second concept design is similar to the first one, except when the phone is folded, its rear cover is pushed to one side revealing a transparent section on the front right-hand side. That sidebar section could be used to display notifications like time and weather, for example. However, rear of the device houses a camera module.
It’s important to note that the solid lines in the illustration are its claimed features, while the broken lines illustrate what the rest of the device might look like. The dotted lines in any design patent are not covered by the patent.
When will the concept turn to reality? This is a million dollar question at the moment as no manufacturer has come up with exact timeline to release the next generation phone. Such phones seem to be the real challenge for smartphone manufacturers.
Samsung is reportedly working on the Galaxy X and still facing “hurdles to overcome.” Now it is LG that has reportedly joined the race. Let us see who crosses the line first.