HTC patents dual-screen slider; don't hold your breath for a launch

HTC patents dual-screen slider; don't hold your breath for a launch
Taiwan based handset manufacturer HTC has received a patent for a handset with  a side-sliding screen. Instead of a side-sliding QWERTY, the device would allow a side-sliding second screen to slide out and fit into place with the front screen to form one unified display. But don't expect to see this in stores soon. Considering the type of financial condition that HTC is currently in, now is not the time to produce something a little bit out of the mainstream in terms of form factor.

Dual-screen handsets have been tried before. Verizon sold the LG Voyager in late 2007 as a featurephone replacement to the OG Apple iPhone, which was then an exclusive for AT&T. The device had a 2.81 inch resistive touchscreen on the outside, while flipping open the clamshell body revealed a non-touch 2.81 inch screen and a physical QWERTY keyboard inside. And of course, there was the Kyocera Echo which was launched in 2011. With two 3.5 inch screens available, combining them made up a 4.7 inch display which seemed pretty large in 2011, but not today. Part of the problem was with the device's thickness, as you can imagine, and finding developers to write apps that could take advantage of a second screen. Unlike HTC's patented side-slider, the second screen on the Echo clicked into place when the device was opened.

HTC seems to be on the right path with the HTC One which has a fabulous design. The last thing the company needs to be worried about now is selling the public on a new dual-screen concoction.

source: USPTO via Engadget

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10 Comments

1. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

Hot HTC i love it.

2. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

I won't hold my breath the 4.7 inch screen is very sufficient to me and if i wanted bigger screen I would buy galaxy note device I think it's a poor idea

3. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

I think HTC is coming strong this year with the ONE. one to rule them alllll!

7. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Outdated 1 month after release by Nexus 5 and Motorola X, also Motorolas phones look better IMO. It can't really rule anything either... Not much faster than last years flagships and it has the same hardware with a 30% faster cpu thats it, snapdragon 800 and Tegra 4 are the last arm devices that do good. Then the Intel invasion begins when they drop the Quad core Baytrail bomb on Arm.

8. chistoefurpuffer

Posts: 140; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Yeeeaaah HTC didn't come back yet... They still need to stop being horrible at updating their devices, make sense more practical, (come on, blink feed?) and so on.

10. supa_dupa

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Let me guess, you're poor taiwanese student? A man with a hat with Samsung logo gave you 20 bucks...

4. moronman66

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

I think there might be a typo with the title, the word "breathe" is a verb, I'm pretty sure that it would be correct to say don't hold your breath, which is a noun. Grammar nazi, I know, blah blah blah, but anyways, an interesting and impractical concept for a phone that's kind of been done before

5. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

It's fine. I got annoyed by the very same thing. PA should take a minute to check these things, it's not like this is a livestream or something! I'm sure everyone can wait the extra 30 seconds for the PA staff to check their grammar.

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yup! 'Breath' should be right. I guess PA people hold their 'breathe' when they can't 'breath' the air.

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Ahhh.....a dual-screen slider smartphone.....interesting HTC! Interesting! :)

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