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Motorola files patent for a foldable smartphones

Motorola files patent for a foldable smartphones

We've been waiting for one since about two years ago when we started hearing about Samsung's plans for smartphones with bendable screens and rollable displays. 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.

As per The Verge report, the cover could even provide wireless charging if desired.

Microsoft in comparison to Samsung, Google along with Apple had filed more patents and is serious about the foldable smartphone concept with the new OS to be termed as "Window Core OS". 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.

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 past year. The rumor assumes importance with the approval of a foldable smartphone by WIPO on March 13, 2018. The patents suggested that while Microsoft has been out of the smartphone game for a long time, the Redmond-based tech giant is preparing something special for the device it will utilize to re-enter the smartphone market. When folded, the displays are outside as the device folds outward.

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. It appears to have two primary displays that can be seen when the smartphone is opened. According to 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 objective, but it wasn't a feature which really took off with consumers, so it also wasn't implemented in many devices.

It is worth noting that Microsoft filed the patent on November 9, 2016.

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