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Microsoft patents foldable smartphone

Move over, LG and Samsung: Microsoft wants in on the foldable display action, and has filed a patent for a very unique phone design
By: Derek Strickland | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones News | Posted: Jan 16, 2017 8:31 pm
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Foldable phones are coming: LG will roll out flexible OLED panels to use in its next-generation phones, and Samsung will follow suit with its own foldable phone. Now it looks like Microsoft wants in on the action: Redmond has filed a patent for a very unique transforming foldable mobile device.

 

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We've seen Microsoft's Surface lineup meld ultrabooks and desktops with the Surface Book, and now it looks like the company will use flexible displays to make a mobile phone that transforms into a tablet. The company has filed a patent for a very specific foldable phone that can essentially swap between a tablet and a phone at will.

 

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According to the patents, the device can fold in half longways like a piece of paper via a special hinge on the underside. It's two halves can be laid flat to make a larger display to simulate a tablet mode, and then fold in half to simulate a mobile phone. The patent also shows a three-sided triangular form factor which uses three displays, hinting Microsoft has a ton of different ideas about this technology.

 

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"In this patent, Microsoft is describing a device that is flexible supported by a flexible hinge structure that secures the plurality of housings to each other, permits the plurality of housings to rotate about an axis in relation to each other, and supports a continuous viewing area of the display device that extends across the plurality of housings and the flexible hinge structure," reports MS Power User.

 

Microsoft is currently working on its next-generation Surface Phone, and it'll be interesting to see if this flexible OLED display technology manifests in the final device or not.

NEWS SOURCES:Mspoweruser.com, Ubergizmo.com

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