The next big thing in the smartphone design is flexible displays, and manufacturers of mobile phones spin with it. LG is said to work on a foldable device that claims it plans to unveil later in 2017, and now patented have emerged to give us some clue as to what it may seem.
The patent describes a device with a flexible screen can be folded either way. Fully extended, the device becomes a seven-inch tablet, which turned into a 5.5in smartphone when it collapsed.
Unlike the design of the Samsung Galaxy X, the phone itself is not flexible: Instead, the “two halves” two phoneare LG adjoined by a hinge and display. It seems that there are some very smart engineering involved here, with pictures showing how can drag across the screen to reveal what looked like the camera, the power switch and the fingerprint sensor of the device.
Because the display is one piece seamless, the phone will be able to view the program buttons to a related context on the screen based on its configuration. Specifically, the patent shows and pause, play and stop buttons on the ‘hinge’ the screen during video playback.
It also means the conceptual device can offer a view of the edge to edge that really wraps around to the back of the device. Presumably this requires some kind of software that false touch detection to stop users from hitting error buttons on the back of the device during use in the smart phone – setting we will have to wait and see
It was published patents, as seen by the Information GSM, on Tuesday (January 17, 2017), and this means that it can be an accurate representation of somewhat flexible next phone from LG. Rumor has it that the South Korean manufacturer Samsung join the competition in the detection of mobile softer later this year, so watch this space.