Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Motorola files patent for foldable smartphone that transforms into a tablet

Motorola files patent for foldable smartphone that transforms into a tablet Motorola files patent for foldable smartphone that transforms into a tablet
Sherri Watson | 14 May, 2018, 06:24

The phone would likely have a versatile build making it possible to be used in the phone configuration, the completely unfolded tablet configuration, and a third configuration where the phone screen could be propped up nearly like it had a kickstand that would make it flawless for watching video hands-free. The smartphone will function as a normal phone when folded and when the owner unfolds it, the device will function as a full-fledged tablet. A new patent application from Microsoft reveals that the company might use three screens for the device, including a small display right in the hinge.

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.

Microsoft has previously applied for a hinge patent for a folding device.

It looks foldable devices could be the next trend in the smartphone industry. The images from this patent application show two large displays on either side of the device.

If rumors are to be believed, Motorola is gearing up to launch a foldable smartphone. However, if the company is actually still working on the phone, the key feature that will set it apart from other manufacturer's foldable phone patents will be the case cover with wireless charging support. It appears to have two primary displays that can be seen when the smartphone is opened. The device has two main displays which can be seen when the device is opened up, but it also includes a third display on the hinge. In this sense, the patents that are emerging about the Surface Phone, from its foldable Courier-like concept before to its hinge-mounted third display today, are encouraging. The third configuration will be where the screen could be propped up nearly like it had a kickstand, ideal for watching videos. Notably, the patent was originally filed in September 2016. Interestingly, last year, Microsoft was said to be working on a foldable phone design that was expected to be announced in 2018.