LG Receives Patent for two Foldable Smartphones
The newest entry is the South Korean manufacturer LG in the list of smartphone manufacturers developing a foldable smartphone. The company recently published patents for not one but two foldable smartphones. The patents were filed in July last year after being published this month.
From the first patent, the device will have two separate bodies joined by a single display. When the device is fully stretched, it opens to the size of a tablet, and when it’s folded, it can take the shape of a regular smartphone that fits into pockets easily. There is a second screen where it displays information like time and notifications and a camera module on the back.
The second foldable concept phone from LG is very similar to the first. Still, its back panel moves to the site, revealing a transparent section where information like date, time, and notifications will be displayed.
These patents for foldable smartphones are not so much different than other foldable patents. The hinge is very common, and it’s up to the manufacturers to perfect the hinge without leaving a gap. It’s also unclear if LG has reached the prototype stage for the smartphone or if they are just on paper.
Many smartphones are in line to develop a foldable smartphone. Samsung’s foldable smartphone Galaxy X is rumored to launch this year. Also in line is the Huawei unnamed foldable smartphone, which is expected to launch next year. They even mentioned having reached the prototype stage. We have also previously seen OPPO filing a patent for a foldable smartphone.
Similarly, Apple has filed a patent for foldable smartphones, likely a future iPhone model. Microsoft is also in action to launch a foldable smartphone. They filed a patent for a foldable smartphone, Which is rumored to be the Surface phone. Their patents even mention the materials that will be used in the process.
This has turned into a race for making the first market-ready foldable smartphone, in which Samsung got a little headstart. Let’s see if LG beats them.