LG patent suggests a foldable phone is in the works

04 July 2018
A newly published patent points to LG possibly manufacturing a foldable smartphone with a foldable display.

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  • HenryLloyd

The best phone from LG was the Flex2..LG should look at reworking that phone..and making it available in Australia..

Anonymous, 12 Jul 2018Walkman? No chance, camera? Obviously we are comparing pocket ca... moreNice facts you're sharing there.

Almost all the time, a device dedicated to 1 thing will be better than a one-thing-does-it-all.

Sony RX100 cameras (just to give and example) are miles ahead of smartphones.

Dedicated music players are better than smartphones for audiophiles. Why do you think they're so expensive and still sell to their demographic. Niche market, but a market none the less.

And don't get me started on portable gaming lol. You're obviously right. Oh wait, no you're not. Not only are the controls far less intuitive, the games released on smartphones are barely comparable to the blockbuster hits on portable devices (like the Nintendo Switch).

But hey, look at you, commenting anonymously, ignoring the part about flip phones because that's exactly what they are how the patents are now, and moving goalposts for the dedicated devices.

  • Anonymous

Barricade, 07 Jul 2018A dedicated walkman, a camera, a gaming handheld. All of those a... moreWalkman? No chance, camera? Obviously we are comparing pocket cameras, not dslr's, so nope, gaming handheld? Generally identical internals but in an oversized shell, so absolutely not.

AnonD-273935, 07 Jul 2018Not really going back to flip phones are we though? And, no, two... moreA dedicated walkman, a camera, a gaming handheld. All of those are better in their respective fields than your smartphone. It's just that a smartphone is more convenient and you take convenience over the added functionnality.

And if you need to open up your phone before you can use it, which you have to do if you fold the display inwards, it's basically a flip phone.

  • AnonD-273935

Barricade, 05 Jul 2018I think I should decide for myself what to get hyped for and wha... moreNot really going back to flip phones are we though? And, no, two separate devices are not necessarily better than one that does it all. That's why most people don't carry a cell phone, a pager, a personal organiser, an MP3 player, a camera, a gaming handheld, a notebook, and a dozen other things on a daily basis.

Luxor, 05 Jul 2018I think it has matured a bit. This foldable idea wasnt born yest... moreMostly good points, and I hope you are right. Maybe I'm just not willing to get excited for a form factor that seems so premature at the moment. It's like saying "there's a patent for a holographic watch-phone with 3D multitouch and integrated brainwave control..." I'm not getting out my wallet for foldable phones yet until somebody shows us a prototype. Samsung is closest, but it'll be like watching a marathon, getting a real and working, slim, affordable device. Seeing is believing. Okay maybe 2023? Haha.

SixTymes, 05 Jul 2018many said similar about cell phones when they first were release... moreBut I can see the benefits of a mobile phone. Being connected all the time is a good thing (think about emergencies as an example). Having a foldable display and thus even more screen estate draining the same old battery even faster has no real benefits to just carrying a tablet for the few things you need a tablet for over a phone. Ofcourse that's how I feel about this, you're free to think otherwise.

Anonymous, 05 Jul 2018You should get the hype, its the next revolution in mobile phone... moreI think I should decide for myself what to get hyped for and what not. We went from feature phones to flip phones to touchscreens just to go back to flip phones?

As with everything, a separate tablet and phone will always be the better option than a 2-in-1 imo. (The only exception being the Microsoft Surface Book) I don't see this as a massive innovation compared to going from a flip phone or slider phone to a touchscreen, at least not in the near future. But who knows, maybe they'll surprise me and the execution won't be as half-assed as it looks right now.

I feel like they have their priorities wrong, as new battery technologies would be more welcome than a foldable screen.

Anonymous, 05 Jul 2018A drop impact will give it break into 2 or 3 pieces screen.AND LG, Huawei, Motorola, Apple, and the rest

Anonymous, 05 Jul 2018A drop impact will give it break into 2 or 3 pieces screen.Seeing as how there would be one screen and then one large screen in concept, I'd doubt that it would smash to pieces. Firstly, they would need glass that doesn't break after flexing. Second, if the concept phone was closed, only the front would be prone to breaking. Lastly, there would be a metal hinge, meaning it should be sturdy. I mean, this is a concept, so I guess we gotta wait and see until Samsung releases it

Anonymous, 05 Jul 2018Haha So if a foldable device of high quality launched in 2019 it... moreI'm not against innovation, just saying right now this is a "unicorn" concept. Samsung has been delaying their X phone for years. I hope some company will work out the kinks and deliver a product by 2019. I really doubt we'll have anything usable in that timeframe. Maybe an expensive and breakable toy. So... that's why I don't think people are lining up to be "early adopters" of this highly experimental tech just yet.

Tonberry, 05 Jul 2018I think it's even ok if it's just one hinge, as long as the disp... moreYes. That's what I actually mean. :)

  • Tonberry

Geric.770, 05 Jul 2018Let's see who will make the first ever foldable phone this time.... moreI think it's even ok if it's just one hinge, as long as the display is seamless, and not two separate displays.

  • SixTymes

Barricade, 05 Jul 2018I personally don't get the hype for foldable displays.many said similar about cell phones when they first were released "I don't get all the hype about having another phone, its something else to carry around"

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 05 Jul 2018More foldable nonsense Glad youre not in charge of things

  • Anonymous

gollygeewillikers, 05 Jul 2018Realistically, foldable displays are not on the radar for most s... moreHaha So if a foldable device of high quality launched in 2019 it wouldnt be on peoples radars? why do you have a smartphen? Your life before the smartphone I presume was fine, why did you buy a smartphone? was it on youre radar? Foldable phones are the next revolution and some people dont see that.. Even the first phone ever was labelled a gimmick and "of no practical use"

  • Hmm

kopano, 05 Jul 2018no no no noYes, Yes, Yes :)

Let's see who will make the first ever foldable phone this time. (ZTEs Axon M is just one hinge. I like to see the whole phone fold.)

  • kopano

no no no no