ZTE files patent application for folding display

ZTE files patent application for folding display
While 2017's ZTE Axon M is a foldable phone, it uses two separate 5.2-inch displays that are connected by a hinge. Obviously, this is not the same technology that Samsung, Huawei, LG and others are expected to launch next year. Apparently, ZTE would like to join the list of phone manufacturers that will offer such a device. The company filed a design patent application earlier this year with the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), which has just been published by the organization (via Mobile Kopen, Let's Go Digital).

Unlike the Axon M, but similar to the form factor unveiled last month by Samsung, ZTE's patent reveals an external screen in front. On back is dual camera setup and a fingerprint scanner. When fully opened, the device becomes a tablet. ZTE didn't include the screen sizes in the patent application, but the size of the tablet display will be twice the size of the external screen. And unlike the device Samsung displayed last month, the external and internal screens are the same height. It should be noted that ZTE filed the patent application on February 27th of this year.

During the first quarter of 2018, ZTE was the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the U.S. But thanks to the export ban that took place during the spring and summer, Motorola took over that position during the second and third quarter of this year, according to data from Counterpoint. With the U.S. government accusing Huawei and ZTE of being national security threats, it is doubtful that a ZTE foldable device would make its way to North America.

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3 Comments

1. ahmadkun

Posts: 574; Member since: May 02, 2016

I think now you have an idea why Samsung turnd the lights off and put the device inside a case when they showed it in that event, there are some people they rip off anything in front of them, i know it's good for us as consumers but i really don't like when others never think on their own.. just build on others effort just like that

2. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Perhaps these abominations will instigate the development of tablet apps for Android? Really wish Google would focus on Android tablets and not that pixel slate garbage.

3. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Stupid Chinese ZTE trying to copy Samsung. They should be banned from the rest of the world.

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