Google Foldable Smartphone Design Tipped by Patent

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Foldable phones are certainly the talk of the town this year.

In the recent weeks, Samsung and Huawei have challenged each other with foldable smartphones during the MWC 2019 in Barcelona in which the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X were launched. While a patent application doesn't mean anything is set in stone, it does mean Google is at least thinking about a foldable device.

Shortly before the official announcements of these two foldable smartphones, Xiaomi has demonstrated a working prototype of the rumored Xiaomi Mi Flex (whose name is not yet confirmed), the first folding device from the Chinese company. Aside from that, the phone seems quite familiar to the Galaxy Fold from Samsung.

A Google patent has emerged revealing a design concept for a folding display.

Another design shows a handset that folds down in three sections, with three display surfaces that stack when folded to create one smaller device.

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The device is likely to have an inwardly foldable display

Samsung's Galaxy Fold made a splash at Unpacked in February.

The patent applications also show a double foldable phone it seems which would allow for a screen on the outside of the phone when it is folded down - we can not image the amount of engineering required to have two hinges on a foldable smartphone. Another sketch shows the device folded in a "Z" shape.

In other words, if a Google folding phone is in the works, Google probably won't be in a hurry to reach the market with it, or use it to pioneer a unique Z-folding design.

Google added support for foldable displays into Android in November. The patent suggests that Google would not go for off-the-shelf parts, and it'll have particular requirements from display makers.

"Like Apple with its iPhones, Google reportedly outsources manufacturing of the Pixel 3 to Foxconn, and both HTC and LG shared manufacturing duties on the Pixel 2 phones", the report said. This is a form factor a few other companies are looking at, including Samsung, for a Fold-successor.

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