Google Foldable Smartphone Design Tipped by Patent

Judy Cobb
March 16, 2019

In the images, the device can be seen partially folded as well as fully folded. Presently, we have no idea how successful foldable phones are going to be, especially if the cost of them stays in the thousands.

The patent, first spotted by Patently Mobile, suggests that the company might be working on a folding phone with a single screen.

These types of patents frequently appear but only rarely do we get to see a finished product based on them. That's not to so these patents couldn't be used for future phones, or that they don't help in the development of similar products, only that they don't guarantee such a device will ever be released.

A Google patent has emerged revealing a design concept for a folding display. This is a form factor a few other companies are looking at, including Samsung, for a Fold-successor.

While only Samsung and Huawei have foldable phones that will hit the market soon, a succession of leaked patents suggest everyone from ZTE to Apple have plans to enter the market, and these handsets come in a range of designs from "clamshells" that fold down to "notebooks" that open up. The most interesting part is that Google doesn't manufacturer displays.

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The paten doesn't specifically mention anything about this foldable display being for a phone, however.

The search giant's not the only one trying to make a small foldable phone.

What's more, Google's smartphones usually don't reflect current mobile trends - which folding phones may become. It's also not one to focus on hardware innovations, but instead tends to lead the way through software.

The certain specifications of this new super smartphone of the Chinese company are certainly the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and at least 8 GB of RAM.

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