LG has patented a unique foldable phone design with an incredibly large screen. Will this be the foldable that could overtake early adopters Samsung and Huawei?
We’ve already seen some innovative designs and rumours in the first generation of foldable phones, but LG’s latest patent could beat them all.
The images show a mobile phone, dubbed the Z-Fold, that looks like a normal device when folded up, but when unfurled it concertinas out into an extra-large foldable screen and one standard smartphone screen.
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The design from LG deals with two of the major issues we had with the Galaxy Fold. Firstly, the outer screen on Samsung’s foldable was a puny 4.6 inches, and so could not be satisfactorily be used as a substitute for a regular smartphone.
Secondly, the fully unfolded device had a square-shaped screen that, while good for multi-tasking, was not ideal for watching videos in the usual widescreen ratio. LG looks to have solved both of these potential problems with its new patent — but bear in mind that it’s still just an idea at this stage, and we’ll have to see it in action to judge if it lives up to its potential.
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There are a few other noteworthy features from the images published by Dutch website Let’s Go Digital. Firstly there’s no USB port visible on the handset, which could mean that it would rely on wireless charging for power, and cloud storage for data sharing. Secondly, no selfie camera is visible whether the phone is folded or unfolded. This could mean that it will have an under-screen selfie camera, which would indicate the release is still some way off yet as that technology has not yet been released onto the market.