Anything you can fold, I can fold better: LG patents dual-folding phone with pen

Anything you can fold, I can fold better: LG patents dual-folding phone with pen
Foldable phones are definitely going to be the new premium segment that’s going to be evolving in the smartphone market. Three manufacturers have already thrown their hat in the ring — Samsung, Huawei, and previously-unheard-of Royole — but more are sure to join in the fray.

LG, being among the biggest tech companies in the world, is most probably working on its own foldable concept. And, recently, a patent emerged, which was borne from LG’s brainstorming sessions.

The document reveals a phone that folds not once but twice, effectively making it a triple-layered screen. What’s interesting is that the illustrations show that you can slot a pencil in a gap, which forms when the device is folded.



In other words, LG might be trying to figure out how to launch a foldable phone with a usable stylus. This would be a great deal for stylus lovers, especially since many were disappointed that the Samsung Galaxy Fold does not support an S Pen. Still, making a proper foldable digitizer, which ensures good accuracy and impeccable palm rejection is probably a challenge of its own.

So, LG’s idea here might be to just pack a capacitive stylus with the device — kind of like an LG Stylo Fold edition. Or, this could just be a patented idea, which never ever materializes. Companies do tend to secure anything they come up with via a patent long before actually deciding whether they can / want to manufacture it or not.

In any case, if this phone did come to be, it would surely attract its own set of fans. The dual fold ensures that the device unfurls to become a proper, wide-screened tablet, while still being capable of being a rather compact phone in its folded state.

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10 Comments

1. Phonehex

Posts: 768; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Will surely suck with software which is even more important in a foldable phone. LG had me at g2 ... then on.. sucky. my V30+ still doesn't have android 9 and no dual apps feature. Sucky Sucky.

4. JayBEE

Posts: 182; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Oh no.... I had the V20, which I did enjoy, but yeah, the software and updates left little to be desired.

2. rsiders

Posts: 2015; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

LG might actually pull off the best implementation. I see you LG. Can you do it?

3. JayBEE

Posts: 182; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Hopefully it will include a SD Card slot and who knows maybe a headphone jack! If so, bye for now Sammy.

5. Fred3

Posts: 586; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Sorry but it won't have one

6. Fellwalker

Posts: 542; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

How do they get patents for this sort of generic idea, just because they've drawn something?

7. Nionx

Posts: 208; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

Make it what the Note Fold should be and I'll be happy. Great concept

8. MotoTech1443

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 27, 2018

It will be super expensive, have an unorthodox feel, and nobody needs it. As such, it will sell out immediately.

9. LiveFaith

Posts: 493; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

They'll sell dozens! JK, I'm happy about all the innovation in the "folding" space. Glad to have some excitement back in the smartphone world. Looking very forward to the Moto razr concept!

10. skips

Posts: 489; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

i'm worried the stylus could end up scratching the screen that way? i mean it's just plastic after all.

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