We have seen smartphone displays with notches this year and now we await for displays that can bend. That’s the next step in mobile innovation that everyone has been talking about for a while. Samsung has been the frontrunner in speculations that it will be the first to bring out a foldable Galaxy phone. It also looks as though Motorola may have a foldable smartphone concept up its sleeve as well. A patent filing has surface that gives us a look at what a Motorola folding phone could look like.
A patent filing that was submitted to the USPTO on May 31 shows illustrations of a foldable Motorola phone. Notably, the design bring back the Moto RAZR to mind, which was one of the most popular flip-phones in its time. The illustrations show how the display will fold backed by a hinge in the middle. The hinge will allow the phone to fold like the RAZR, and will also make sure it leaves enough of a curvature so that the display doesn’t bend all the way. Arguably, the biggest challenge here is find out how to protect the part where the display folds and we have seen Motorola’s thoughts on that.
The back of the device, as per the illustrations, will have a rear camera and fingerprint sensor on the top half while a speaker port can be seen on the bottom half. The design in no way suggests that it is final and that this is what the foldable phone will look like. Motorola has hinted at a possible Moto RAZR comeback with a foldable display earlier this year, but there is still no information on when this will actually happen. “With the new technology, particularly foldable screens, I think you will see more and more innovation on our smartphone design,” Lenovo CEO said back in February during MWC.
We expect to see the first foldable phone next year and Samsung is still top contender on bringing out the Galaxy X, as per rumours over the past several months. It will be interesting to see how this innovation pans out, and will definitely look fresh following a year full of similar-looking notched phones.