LG patents foldable phone-tablet hybrid

Yordan, 17 January 2017

The everlasting hope for phones with screens larger than their footprint pushed LG and Samsung to invest heavily in foldable technological innovations.

LG just filed another patent for a foldable phone, which hold on to your hats, folds on the vertical side. So when you open the device, you actually get a tablet-looking device in Landscape mode.

Unfolded device (a) Back (b)
Unfolded device (a) • Back (b) • Front (c)

Looking at the graphs in the patent documents, the device will be with touchscreen display on the front and the back while the middle/bending side could be used as a music controller or notification bar.

On the back, next to the additional display is positioned a camera, flash, fingerprint scanner and the power buttons LG is using for years now. The device can also be positioned in a tent mode like the foldable Zenbooks from Asus.

Front Notification bar/Audio control Tent mode Back
Front • Notification bar/Audio control • Tent mode • Back

There is no info when and if such a device will hit the market but this concept is something we all would love to see.

Special thanks to our tipster Michel.

Source (PDF) (KR) | Via (NL)


Reader comments

Lol. The news just came in. Look at the news section. It is expected on Q3 2017. http://m.gsmarena.com/samsung_to_begin_production_of_foldable_smartphone_in_q3_2017-news-23954.php

  • xy
  • 14 Mar 2017
  • MmS

Not in this year .. or even in next one .. or at all!

It already materialized. Havent you heard about Galaxy X1 and Galaxy X1+? Just wait for it. Expected to replace Note series.

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