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Motorola Granted Patent For Foldable Smartphone Concept That Opens Into A Tablet

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| May 12 , 2018 , 17:01 IST

A few years back, Samsung came up with the concept of foldable smartphones, we are yet to come across any yet. Seems like Motorola has beaten the South Korean giant by filing a patent foldable smartphone, which transforms into a tablet upon expansion. 

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has approved the patent for a folding phone design. Joining the league of Samsung, Apple and Huawei, Motorola will now work on a foldable device which with reportedly come with three screen displays.  

The design will include a long rectangular screen that can be folded for a phone-like experience or unfolded to work like a tablet. The phone patent shows a flexible display that wraps around a hinge, plus a cover that can protect the display or prop the phone up like a tent.

As per The Verge report, the cover could even provide wireless charging if desired. Notably, the patent was originally filed in September 2016. The timeline suggests that the company was thinking about the concept for years but may have already moved past this specific idea.

The drawings supporting the patent request show the device comprising three parts. The smartphone will feature a versatile build making it possible to use it in phone mode and tablet mode. The third configuration will be where the screen could be propped up.

The company has described the patent as a single device which will have large flexible display comprising three bodies. The first and third will be thicker compared to the middle portion, allowing for rotation and folding.