Motorola Granted Patent For Foldable Smartphone Concept That Opens Into A Tablet

Motorola files patent for foldable smartphone that transforms into a tablet

Presently Microsoft has filed four patents for foldable smartphones implementing Windows 10 that would be groundbreaking and state-of-the-art.

The Microsoft patent shows the device folding in and out. Once made a reality, the Motorola device will join ZTE's Axon M if Lenovo manages to release it way before Samsung or Apple does. But Motorola is in a mood to add some twist to its first foldable phone.

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

It is worth noting that designing a truly foldable smartphone is certainly a tremendous task. Now, acting as a base for the tablet is possible but wireless charging capabilities with this form factor might be a hard thing to achieve.

Given that it is a concept still at the patent stage, Microsoft may or may not choose to turn it into an actual product.

This patent application was filed in September 2016 but Motorola and Lenovo seem to be serious about the project. The smartphone will feature a versatile build making it possible to use it in phone mode and tablet mode. The patent hints a similar design of a foldable smartphone, a concept shown by Lenovo couple of years ago. Samsung could launch the phone on MWC 2019.

The description states the design is a foldable housing comprised of three parts, and that's made clearly visible in the drawing which you can see in the image above where the phone is configured into a tent-like design. While the information on this phone is very scarce, what we've heard so far is that it will come with an all-screen and no-bezel design.

As could be seen in the new patent, Microsoft is exploring the possibility of adding another display to the Surface Phone. For each figure below, the third display area is identified by the numbers ending in 06 and it's mounted on the hinge, identified by numbers ending in 08. 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.

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