Motorola May Release A Folding Smartphone That Turns Into A Tablet

Motorola was recently awarded a patent for its own folding smartphone.

(Image Credit: LetsGoDigital) A coloured illustration of Motorola’s patent

Curved screens? Old news. No-bezel phones? Meh. Foldable phones? Now we’re talking. Motorola is jumping in the bandwagon and got itself a patent for a folding smartphone.

Tech giants like Apple, Samsung and Huawei are reportedly working on their own foldable handsets. And it seems like the Lenovo-owned company is willing to join the pack.

In a report by LetsGoDigital, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has approved a patent for Motorola for a foldable phone. And this one comes with a wireless charging cover.

The design shows a wide rectangular display. When folded, it appears to give a smartphone-like experience. When it is unfolded, it converts into a something that works like a tablet. The illustration shows a flexible screen wrapped around a hinge.

Additionally, the patent also shows a s built-in cover to protect the display or to support the phone as a stand. It may also work as a wireless charger.

What’s surprising is that the patent was actually filed two years ago. It is possible that the company has moved past this design concept. Earlier this year however, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing had hinted it will be focussing on foldable smartphone technology in the coming months. This means that patent approval may is just in time for Motorola to really explore the folding smartphone industry.

Samsung’s S10 and Foldable OLED Screen Phone To Launch Next Year

The much-anticipated foldable OLED screen phone might be unveiled at the February 25-28, 2019 Mobile World Congress.

In the previous years, Samsung has unveiled its Galaxy S series smartphones such as the Galaxy S9 on the MWC trade shows. However, numerous sources say that it might release the foldable smartphone instead.

The S10 on the other hand, might be slated for release at the CES 2019 on January 8-11, 2019.

Samsung’s foldable smartphone will not be the first in the market. ZTE released the Axon M earlier this year but its not stopping the Korean company from unveiling their own.

This unique phone from Samsung was previously codenamed Valley. It has now been changed to Winner signifying the move to mass production after the project has been in development since 2015.

There isn’t much to say about the product specs other than it will sport a foldable OLED screen. However, a report by Korean publication The Bell says that the prototype has a total of three OLED panels. Each panel measures 3.5 inches, two will be on the front to create a 7-inch screen. The back will have a single 3.5-inch display.

Samsung’s flagship phone, the S10, is said to be launched a month earlier at the CES 2019. This means production time has been shortened. Launching the devices separately however will allow for each device to have its own limelight.

Would you be interested in getting your hands on this foldable phone?