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LG receives U.S. patents for foldable phones

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LG receives U.S. patents for foldable phones
About 10-days ago, we told you that LG had received a patent for a foldable phone (US D776,074 S). Today, the USPTO revealed that LG received two more patents (US D777,131 S, US D777,132 S) related to the foldable phone category. The new patents cover a pair of smartphones that each open up to become a tablet. The images that accompany the new patents don't resemble the sketches that was part of the USPTO documents displayed earlier this month.

Both Samsung and LG are rumored to be launching foldable mobile devices this year. Unlike Samsung's device, which reportedly folds out, the LG units that received the two patents apparently fold in. Just keep in mind though, that there is no guarantee that any foldable handsets released by LG or Samsung will end up looking anything like the images that appear in the USPTO documentation.

Other manufacturers, such as Lenovo, are also believed to be working on foldable handsets. But it seems that both Samsung and LG are the closest to getting such a product into the marketplace. The consumer reaction to the first foldable models will probably go a long way in determining whether some of the other smartphone producers decide to enter this category.


source: USPTO (1), (2) via TrendyTechz.com

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posted on 27 Jan 2017, 11:51 2

1. DogeShibe (Posts: 1115; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Neat.

posted on 27 Jan 2017, 12:09 1

2. Sammy_DEVIL737 (Posts: 31; Member since: 28 Nov 2016)


Still they dont have better technology than Samsung.

posted on 27 Jan 2017, 13:25 2

4. krystian (Posts: 394; Member since: 16 Mar 2016)


Lg has a better oled technology than Samsung except not sure it's viable for small form factors. But obviously their Tv's are the best picture quality out there. They have a white oled that is separate and less prone to burn in. If in fact they got it into phones while keeping things thin they would have some of the best screens. My guess is it would increase thickness too much.

posted on 27 Jan 2017, 13:49

6. croshio (Posts: 26; Member since: 26 May 2014)


while I have to agree with you that I'd love LG to use oled in their phones the problem is not the thickness it's rather the tech itself...at small form factors it's better to use RGB not WLED actually RGB is supposed to provide better colors? not so sure about that but i've read it somewhere as you know they have to use color filters on top of a white OLED so yeah there have be some disadvantages so i'm not sure if it'll even beat pentile LG use WLED on their TVs because it's i guess the only way to get any profit out of OLED. using normal rgb manufacturing methods makes it that much more expensive.

posted on 27 Jan 2017, 14:19

7. Acuratl (Posts: 21; Member since: 25 Oct 2016)


You are such a fan boy . you act like samsung its paying you hahaha feel bad for this generation brand driving instead of quality and technology driving.

posted on 28 Jan 2017, 12:15 1

9. rocker91 (Posts: 49; Member since: 09 Dec 2016)


LG oled tvs are miles ahead than anything else on the market

posted on 29 Jan 2017, 07:52

10. HomerS (Posts: 374; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


@krystian You sound like an expert lol.
white oleds are not better by any means, they are actually worse but are a compromise to counter the different aging of the diods effect but the resolution gets reduced and the colours are not as crisp. Also OLED still ages quite rapidly compared to LCD.

LG has a patent to produce OLED in bigger form factors in a more costs effective way, that's why Samsung couldnt go that route yet and when Samsung uses the superiour quality wise RGB model, it is not cost effective yet in a TV form factor.

posted on 27 Jan 2017, 12:12

3. Papa_Ji (Posts: 262; Member since: 27 Jun 2016)


Something that makes sense....

http://www.patentlymobile.com/3b-samsung-flex-displays/

posted on 27 Jan 2017, 13:49

5. sissy246 (Posts: 3370; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Well it is going to be interesting to see what any of them come up with it it really happens.

posted on 27 Jan 2017, 15:45

8. shield (Posts: 441; Member since: 12 Sep 2015)


Nice LG.

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