LG may be working on a foldable smartphone that works just like a flip phone

LG may be working on a foldable smartphone that works just like a flip phone
So far, 2019 is lining up to be the year of the foldable smartphone with major launches expected from the likes of Samsung and Huawei, while Motorola may be developing its own device too. According to a newly-granted patent, though, it now appears LG could be the next major brand to launch a foldable solution.

Coinciding with recent information that indicated Samsung’s device may fold vertically instead of horizontally, LG’s patent also depicts a regular smartphone that can be folded in half. In order to permit this, the South Korean company has opted for a new hinge mechanism that allows the display to be folded at certain angles. Additionally, this should help avoid any damage to the display. Also, in a bid to stop the device from unfolding on its own, two magnets are placed on the bezels of the screen in order to hold it in place.

In regards to how the smartphone will work, it appears LG’s patent imagines a device that resembles a flip phone quite closely. After all, when the product is unfolded, its display automatically switches on and, when folded shut, the display automatically turns off. Also, LG’s foldable offering is equipped with two antennas, two speakers, and two microphones, which are all place under the display towards the top and bottom. In regards to the camera, it appears LG may eventually integrate it within the display in the hope of creating a truly bezel-less design.

Currently, it’s unclear when exactly LG plans on launching its first foldable smartphone, although if it continues with its recent strategy, the company may not be in any rush to launch its own offering – the brand has stated that it will only release new smartphones when it deems them necessary, rather than when its competition brings out devices.


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12 Comments

1. brasstax

Posts: 540; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Hmmm...

2. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Every sensor components under display that sound skeptical.Let see next year what it's bring,all this just sound like paperwork,a heavy weight ideas on papers.

5. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1299; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It'll no doubt be the future this design, but we may be looking at 5 years from now, if not more.

3. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Sadly not only LG and Samsung are working on this.. Other will too push this down our throats.. Like they do with non-16:9 and notch. Nobody asked, we are just running out of options.

4. I_have_boxes

Posts: 74; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

It would be a full size phone that can easily fit in your front pocket without being bulky. That sounds great to me. The question is whether or not they can make one without sacrificing key aspects that make other smartphones desirable.

7. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Not really. It might be 8.5mm for example, then 1.7cm. My concern is also durability. Fordable oled and other components will be too expensive. I bet this will be more than $2000.

8. Rager722 unregistered

Can someone tell me how is it possible to have the front facing camera behind the screen?

9. odachek

Posts: 117; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Sad they didn't say the screen is flexible glass or cheap easy to dirty plastic.

10. lyndon420

Posts: 6599; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Not seeing the need for this.

11. salami1980

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

After using Galaxy S7 Edge, I refused to use any smartphone with edge, it is really annoying to deal with, so a foldable phone is really big NO. I just can't accept the idea

12. Alex2017

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 08, 2017

What exactly is the exact text that the strategy change is not clear exactly! In the case of curved handsets or other models, the lg never put this strategy into practice, please do not give false news on the site

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