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

Motorola files patent for foldable smartphone that transforms into a tablet

While the hinge is expected to maintain stability for the whole device, the screen itself will fold both inwards and outwards along with the hinge.

Folding phones and tablets are a hot trend, with companies like Samsung, Apple, Huawei and Motorola all said to be working on their own foldable devices.

The patent also includes a variety of examples as to how the hinge and the display mounted on it could be executed, including a foldable display or a display that splits into two or even three parts when the device is folded, as seen in figures 7, 8, and 9.

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. 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. We're seeing the same design on Motorola branded smartphone-tablet as per some patent images. It is possible that Motorola might have moved past it.

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Just a few months ago, the smartphone community was stunned when Microsoft's patents outlining a foldable mobile device emerged. It appears to have two primary displays that can be seen when the smartphone is opened.

Coming back to Motorola's foldable smartphone, the patent reveals a flexible display that wraps around a hinge besides a cover which serves two purposes: protect the display or prop the phone like a tent. Microsoft has one idea for the concept. According to the patent application, the information found on the third screen depends on the state of the hinge. 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 is worth noting that Microsoft filed the patent on November 9, 2016.

This will be materialized by 2019 with the foldable smartphone to be released in 2018 to be named Andromeda CShell.

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