Motorola working on a foldable smartphone, files a patent for the device

Motorola files patent for foldable smartphone that transforms into a tablet

Motorola files patent for foldable smartphone that transforms into a 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. 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.

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 previous year.

The Surface Phone's foldable design might come with a few design advantages. Microsoft's patent application was originally filed on November 9th, 2016 and is titled "Device having a screen region on a hinge coupled with other screen regions". The rumor assumes importance with the approval of a foldable smartphone by WIPO on March 13, 2018.

Apart from the design, the device will have wireless charging support. It appears to have two primary displays that can be seen when the smartphone is opened. 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. It essentially means that what you see on this particular screen will depend on whether you have the device opened in tablet mode, "tent mode", or have the screens opened like a book. The third configuration will be where the screen could be propped up nearly like it had a kickstand, ideal for watching videos. There have been reports about Apple working on a foldable smartphone as well. 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 ideal for watching video hands-free.

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