LG receives a patent for a foldable smartphone



Samsung and LG are both supposed to grace the market with foldable phones in the second half of this year. Samsung will reportedly release a device that starts with two screens folding out, and transforms into a 7-inch tablet. A week ago, LG was awarded a patent (US D776,074 S) for a "Mobile Phone" featuring a new design that allows the upper part of the phone to be folded. The patent was filed on January 7th, 2015, and was approved on January 10th, 2017.

LG and Samsung both took the first steps toward a foldable smartphone (baby steps, to be sure) in 2013 when each released a smartphone with a small but noticeable curve. The Samsung Galaxy Round curved in from the sides, and the LG G Flex curved in from the top and bottom. Unlike the Galaxy Round, which was considered more of a test run, the LG G Flex did well enough for LG to produce a sequel.

Truthfully though, if Samsung and LG do release foldable phones this year, we expect both to be able to convert from a smartphone to a tablet and back again. Last year, we got a glimpse of what such a device would look like during Lenovo Tech World last June. During the event, which was streamed live, YouTuber Meghan McCarthy took a tablet and folded it into a phablet sized phone that she put up to her ear. Click on the video at the top of this story to relive the moment.

It does appear that 2017 will be the year when a real foldable phone (or two) is introduced. While that might not happen until later this year, check out images from LG's recently awarded patent by clicking on the slideshow below.
                               

source: USPTO via TrendyTechz

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20 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and apple will follow

3. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Can't keep that dong out of your mouth, can you son? ibend? More like ibendover.....

5. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

It's like trolls are mandatory in every article here in PA. If it is an Apple article, it will be ctdog saying "and others will follow".

7. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I hate guys like that. As if people don't get enough crap around here about liking iOS....... saying stupid nonsense like that only makes it worst. I don't care who's following or in the lead, just make the damn phone good!

8. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Well said. Sadly people like that will never go away. Also lots of them can't accept the fact that you can have and like both platforms.

10. Papa_Ji

Posts: 848; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Apple is not late in foldable smartphone market.... but they are the first one to release foldable phone back in 2014... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wEF27zrXTEk So don't get your iA$$ on fire..... apple is still 1st...

12. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You proud of yourself? You proud of the embarrassment you are to your family, your country, and your species? Got to love the tards on the web!

11. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Retard, let's set the record straight; I've never, and I'm not the one, who says "and others will follow", so there's that. Second, don't take my name in vain with your idiot trolling.

13. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"your idiot trolling." Better get off that mirror bruh, also comment #12 applies to you, ctdog (Crazy Tard Dog)

14. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Go away retard and fondle your mother, slit your wrists, whatever, just leave me alone.

15. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Awww.. Poor kid got triggered :(

2. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

While samsung has been testing & investing into flexible display for so many years, every oems were using lcd and having doubt in flexible AMOLED. And now everyone files a foldable device patent with a flexible screen. Lol What an irony.

6. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2359; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Nokia and Sony were involved in flexible OLED displays for years before Samsung. In fact, Sony was arguably one of the first to express interest in flexible displays since 2005. And they released an actual OLED flex display in 2008, two years before Samsung.

17. joelcane

Posts: 31; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Lol. Everyone could "express their interest " in flex display. But who is actially doing the job is the question and who is actually making effort into producing and using them. Apple could say they are interested in it and came up with a rumor about "testing" it 1000 years ago. But who's actually "interested "and who's actually working on it? Also, if you really want to talk about who released flex display first, then you should have said Xerox PARC as they are the first one who actually produced the first ever flex display. The main question is who is actually investing and doing the job, everyone can expresss an interest even come up with a prototype. Im sure there are heaps of other coys with heaps of other prototypes that you have never even seen before.

20. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2359; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Well, as I just mentioned, both Nokia and Sony released actual concepts and real hands-on efforts in OLED display before Samsung did. And I believe LG and Samsung both showed off flexible OLED TV displays on the same day a few years ago.

4. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2187; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Magically this isn't going to change companies fortune of making money. I only see about 5-6 Android manufacturers being relevant within the next 3 years.

9. Alpha1

Posts: 100; Member since: Jul 06, 2016

This is an interesting implementation. It is like having a mini and plus size phone in one phone.

16. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

what? foldable or bendable or rollable? foldable phones have been available in the market for ages.

18. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Would be cool to turn your standard 16:9 phone into ultrawide 21:9 for movie watching like that. Also with this patent (at least what I can figure out from the slides) rest of the phone doesn't need to be foldable/bendable. Just a small part of the screen can be bendable if they put screen connectors and controllers on the other end of the phone.

19. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

They didn't mentioned about Samsung who introduced this technology CES 2011. & all are praising Lenovo.

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