Huawei's folding phone patent shows how a phone turns into a tablet and vice versa

Huawei's folding phone patent shows how a phone turns into a tablet and vice versa
Last October, Huawei CEO Richard Yu revealed that the company has a working foldable phone that could be released in 2018. The timing of that comment is important, because just one month prior to Yu's statement Huawei filed a patent application with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The patent was published today by that organization, and includes images of what Huawei has in mind.

In the open position, the foldable Huawei device is a full-sized tablet. It appears to fold in the middle to become a smartphone. Back in October, when he discussed the foldable phone that Huawei was working on, CEO Yu mentioned that there was a "small gap" between the two screens when they are opened in the tablet position. At the time, he said that Huawei had to find a way to get rid of the gap. Since this patent was filed before his comments were made, we assume that the mechanism in this patent does not solve that issue.

Other phone manufacturers are believed to be working on a foldable phone. Earlier this month, a Merrill Lynch analyst said that Apple is creating a folding iPhone that could be introduced in 2020. Microsoft has received some patents for its "Andromeda" foldable device, and Samsung is reportedly set to unveil the long-awaited foldable Galaxy X some time next year.

You can see images from Huawei's patent at the very top of this story.

source: LetsGoDigital (translated)

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12 Comments

1. haruken

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Competition is fine but I feel like everyone's suddenly going to rush because there are too many compagnies working on this.

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Eliminating the gap is an easy proposition. The issue is the hideous double-action hinge that would be required.

3. antroid

Posts: 396; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

Reminds me of the Microsoft surface book hinge

4. Elvis358

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Folding phone that turns in tablet and vice versa *gasp* shock! Really nothing original? Well, Lenovo's concept/ prototype foldable phone that could be wear on the wrist was a little bit original!

5. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Huawei first to show us their foldable display technology! Not like Apple just to patent something that others innovate, so to say 'we invented it too' , when real tech companies make it and want Apple to pay them if wanna copy.

11. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 740; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

And did you know that apple and samsung done it already?https://9to5mac.com/2017/11/23/foldable-iphone-patent/https://www.techradar.com/news/samsung-galaxy-x-the-story-of-samsungs-foldable-phone-so-far So who cares about these patents anyway if they have no working prototype or a released product?

7. Phantom1031

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

This foldable technology seems very much impractical to me, and going by today’s standards screen ratio has changed and that hinge looks hideous imo

9. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Whatever, but: Apple and Huawei doesn't have 'this foldable technology' , so it must be forbidden to them to fill those BS patents. Right?

8. Sparkxster

Posts: 1246; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

It looks like a notebook when folded and the hinges remind me of the surface book. Neat concept.

10. KingSam

Posts: 1505; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Rollable tablets? If it isn't floppy but rather solid in tablet mode it's nice. Otherwise just make rollable monitors and such.

12. fsnas

Posts: 122; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

I can see the news in 2020 (Apple is working on a foldable iPhone.. Innovation)

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