What if LG had the key to the future of smartphones? The Korean firm wants to return to the forefront…
What if LG had the key to the future of smartphones? The Korean firm wants to return to the forefront of the market, and wants to do it through the front door, reinventing smartphones with a curious folding smartphone design that surely you will like to know.
The patent has been filed and already accepted by the WIPO – World Intellectual Property Organization , by its acronym in English-, so this design is already owned by an LG who has thought of a smartphone with the possibility of simulating a full QWERTY keyboard and that integrates up to two batteries, as well as two headphone connectors in the sunset of an audio-jack to whom we still want everyone .
Obviously this process dilates a lot, so we talk about a device designed in 2016 that today has been known for the publication of the WIPO, 18 months later and without claims of modifications by the international regulator.
The LG patent describes two variants of the same design in an idea similar to that of ZTE Axon M , without those flexible panels that everyone accepts as the future of the smartphone market, and using two screens separated by a hinge that in the implementation of the Chinese manufacturer they have not finished convincing us .
However, unlike ZTE, LG designers understand this device almost like two individual smartphones , each with its own independent screen and powered by its battery , as well as with two standard connectors for the headphones one in each part.
On one of the two screens we see what seems to be a integrated fingerprint scanner on the panel, and that same side of the device has a dual camera module. What obviously it is not so clear is how the use of these two batteries is managed , although presumably we can foresee that a simultaneous consumption approach would balance the terminal a lot, increasing the useful life of both batteries.
Many of the expected functionalities are identical to the ideas implemented by ZTE in the Axon M, although many others imply more practical applications for designs that are expected to become popular from the end of this year 2018 .
So, we can see that the possibility of using the smartphone in a conventional way with a single panel and the other folded side has been taken into account, as well as using the extended screen in compatible applications to simulate the experience of a tablet on a smartphone.
You can see for example the email application showing the inbox on one screen and the display of an email on the other, we can also see one of the two screens simulating a physical QWERTY keyboard complete with the other panel placed on angle, something like a mini-laptop that we find very interesting.
It is also interesting to see how one of the two screens is totally flat, while the other curves sensibly to mask the telephone hinge when it is folded. A design detail that ZTE did not take into account in its implementation.
These curved edges could also show notifications or important device information at a glance, a solution that emulates the panel edge from its neighbor Samsung.
Undoubtedly many ideas that we would like to see implemented in a device, although the truth is that a design like this we do not know what price it could have in the market … And you, do you see future to this LG patent?
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