Motorola might make a foldable display successor to the RAZR

Motorola might make a foldable display successor to the RAZR
2019 is expected to bring us a whole new segment of smartphones – the ones with foldable displays. If Samsung or Huawei will be the first to launch one, it’s too early to say, but patents show that Motorola is planning to give it a go as well.

Patent illustrations can hardly be used to make conclusions about design, but at least they show the way Motorola is planning to fold the display. Not surprisingly, they are going for the clam shell design, after all, the brand has in its portfolio one of the most iconic flip-phones – the Motorola RAZR.

While we can’t make too many conclusions about the potential RAZR successor, the pictures show Motorola’s approach to one of the biggest issues with this design, the part where the display folds when the device is closed. Obviously, to keep the display intact, there must be enough room for the display to bend at small radius. As you can see, colored in green on the picture below, the display forms quite a loop and goes into the designated “bending area” under it.

Motorola might make a foldable display successor to the RAZR


It’s interesting to see what the solution will be when the display is opened, and you have an area in the middle that has no support under it when you press it. Maybe the hinge will lock in the fully opened position and the “stretch” of the display will keep it rigid enough to not be noticeable. Or supporting plates will unfold when you open it. This will add more moving parts to a device that is already a technical challenge.

Either way, it will likely take a couple of generations of foldable smartphones for manufacturers to refine their designs. Meanwhile, we’re just excited there’s something brand new that will be introduced to the market.

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12 Comments

1. lyndon420

Posts: 6495; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Google should have maintained a firm grasp of Motorola!!

3. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1504; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

You can’t expect this thing from Google considering they have done nothing great even after acquiring hTC.

9. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1195; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Google didn't acquire HTC, they only acquired a bunch of staff and probably access to its patent portfolio.

5. legiloca

Posts: 1675; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

it was indeed a sore move from Google to sell Motorola to Lenovo when Lenovo themselves are a sinking ship.

2. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1504; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Bring it on Motorola. Razr fans are waiting.

4. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1224; Member since: May 01, 2017

Foldable screens aren't even released yet and the ideas already seems tired and over used

6. troutsy

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Agreed. Last year every comment was about the bezels, this year about the notch, next year will be about the fold.

10. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1224; Member since: May 01, 2017

I think triple rear cameras could be added to the list to

7. bucknassty

Posts: 1305; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

i dont understand the benefits on the folded screen... wont that make it thicker in your pocket? what about cases? i think the pop up camera is the best alternative for all screen until they figure out how to get the selfie under the screen.

8. kozza3

Posts: 777; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

I read something somewhere about them being able to use a transparent oled display with the camera mounted underneath and then just shutting off the pixels in front of the camera when it's gonna be used

11. bucknassty

Posts: 1305; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

no that! will be bad ass!

12. southernzombie

Posts: 352; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I don't like the shape around the hinge area, but I would so be down for a RAZR flip smart phone.

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