LG's patent for a foldable phone shows device has two screens, batteries and headphone jacks

LG's patent for a foldable phone shows device has two screens, batteries and headphone jacks
Back in 2016, LG filed a patent for a phone that not only is equipped with two screens, but also comes with a pair of batteries and two headphone jacks. The patent was filed on September 28, 2016 and published today, thanks to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The patent is titled "Mobile Terminal," and both screens are curved allowing the side of the phone to display the date and time, temperature, and other notifications.

The images that accompany the filing show hinges at the top and bottom of the device which allow the two individual screens to open and combine to form one large display. When the device is folded, the two screens can be used independently of each other. In one mode, the two displays can be used to simulate a book as the user reads through one screen, turning to the second one as though he were going from page to page. When the device is partially folded, two people can watch different videos at the same time, with each using their own headphone jack to hear the audio in private. Even though the patent application was filed in 2016, the first screen features an under-display fingerprint scanner, and both housings feature their own digital camera and their own battery.

So add LG to the list of companies that have patented a version of a foldable phone or tablet. Just recently we added Huawei to the list along with Samsung, Apple and Microsoft. The foldable Samsung Galaxy X could be unveiled early next year. LG is apparently making its foldable phone a multimedia focused device that will allow two people to view (and listen to) different videos at the same time without disturbing each other (see the image at the top of this story).


source: LetsGoDigital (translated)

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9 Comments

1. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

This concept is very interesting it reminds me of the TMobile sidekick. I think it's the best foldable phone concept ive seen so far.

4. lyndon420

Posts: 6828; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I still miss my HTC Dream. Wouldn't mind a decent reboot of that concept for Android's 10 year anniversary.

2. gamehead unregistered

Axon M?

3. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

That was the first thing when I saw the drawing, I just hope they could remove (or reduce) the bezels between the screens

5. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Bezels are at a minimum and not that big of a deal.

6. Firenze91

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

Hmmm wouldn't it be much more easier to just buy two phones?

7. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

thats what im saying... imagine trying to find the perfect angle for BOTH parties to watch content... this is just not .... smart

8. Sealblaighter

Posts: 429; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Some people are complaining that LG is not competitive enough, and bla-bla, but they are a pretty good, innovative company though.

9. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Totally agree. LG might not be better than Samsung, but it is definitely more innovative and competitive than those huawei, xiaomi, oneplus nonsense

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