Flexible smartphones have been in works but we are yet to see a commercially available foldable smartphone in the market. Currently, a couple of smartphone manufacturers, including Samsung, Huawei and Motorola are working on such smartphones.
Now, it seems that LG is also planning to enter the game of manufacturing foldable smartphone. The company has filed for a patent for a smartphone that shows the device’s body with flexible display. The patent was originally filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office in late-2017 and is described as a “mobile terminal”, which is a technical description for smartphones.
The device shown in the patent looks like a large version of a regular smartphone that would fold vertically. It will have a hinge mechanism that moves apart as the device folds, aiming to prevent damage to the display. It is said that the phone would be held shut by magnets and that the display would turn on automatically when the hinge is open.
According to the patent, the foldable smartphone will come with two mics, dual loudspeakers, and dual antennas. One camera will be placed on the outside of the closed display so that the users can take photos of the display while it is closed.
Currently, the company has not described how the user is intended to interact with such a device. It seems that the manufacturers are seeing the foldable smartphones as the next big thing and want to get on this trend as soon as they can.
If the reports are to be believed, then Samsung is planning to launch its foldable smartphone in January 2019 during the Consumer Electronics Show, ahead of the Galaxy S10 launch at Mobile World Congress. On the other hand, China-based Huawei is also gearing up to launch its foldable smartphone next year.