Google working on a foldable smartphone? Here’s what patent shows

Google Foldable Smartphone Design Tipped by Patent

Samsung and Huawei have already launched their first foldable smartphone while others like Xiaomi and Oppo have already teased their versions of a foldable phone.

Google also discuss the usual boring bits such as the radius of the curve in the folded part of the display, something that current foldable technology limits.

The first design shows a phone that would fold down on itself when not in use, a "clamshell" design, with the screen is on the inside when the device is closed. The device is likely to have an organic LED (OLED) display. A World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) patent gives us a hint on what to expect from Google's foldable smartphone.

These types of patents frequently appear but only rarely do we get to see a finished product based on them.

Samsung's Galaxy Fold made a splash at Unpacked in February. While we've seen this design in a few other patents it's something fewer manufacturers seem to be considering, as most patents we've seen show phones folding in two.

Google working on a foldable smartphone? Here’s what patent shows

Google added support for foldable displays into Android in November.

Almost every company is working on a foldable phone and you can bet that even those who say they aren't are at least doing some R&D into it - afterall, who wanted to be left behind when a new trend takes off. The device will have a single inward fold, according to the patent images.

The certain specifications of this new super smartphone of the Chinese company are certainly the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and at least 8 GB of RAM.

The patent does not mention the word "phone" even once, instead it refers to how the display could be used by "modern computing devices" which could refer to tablets or laptops, The Verge reported on Thursday.



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