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LG Foldable Phone Gets Patented, Folding Right Down the Middle

By Radu Iorga

LG joins the party of device makers with foldable design, as shown by the patents below. We’ve got the Microsoft Andromeda, Samsung Galaxy X, Huawei and Oppo’s similar projects too. LG has the usual way of going its own direction, by folding its new phone right down the middle, but in a vertical fashion.

This seems like a narrow bezel machine, actually ultra narrow and we’ve got a sort of “acordion” mechanism right in the middle of the handset. A small gap in the hinge also appears and LG uses a hinge design with an outer side that extends and slides as the device closes. This is supposed to reduce the stress and pressure on the screen panel. The biggest problem with foldable phones is how resilient they are to the stress.

If you fold it too many times it could fail at some point. LG prefers to go with a simpler way to avoid that. When it’s folded in, the LG phone feels and looks like the Samsung patent that left a gap in the hinge. However, LG uses a design that involves magnets on the two ends of the smartphone, in order to keep the device closed and prevent it from opening up by mistake.

 

The patent also shows two antennae, two speakers, two mics and there’s a possibility you can use the device in two types of orientation. There’s no front camera here, at least not a visible one. We also see the device in a sort of stand/tent format, which may make it ideal to be placed in a pocket as some sort of webcam in your breast pocket. In the end it’s all just a patent, so let’s not read too much into it.

It still feels too fragile for me.

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Oppo Also Working on Foldable Smartphones Now; We Have Patents

By Radu Iorga

After Microsoft, Samsung and Huawei have been working on foldable phones for a while, patenting them and leaking them partially, Oppo joins the gang in glorious fashion. A couple of their patents have just come out and they mention foldables.

Oppo is already an innovative firm, having unveiled the Oppo Find X, with its sliding part and over the last couple of years coming up with inventions like VOOC fast charge and 5X optical zoom phone cameras. Oppo and sister company Vivo have been innovating a lot and Vivo for example inaugurated the in display fingerprint scanner technology.

Regarding the foldable smartphone thing, the device we see here ditches any sort of seam between screens. The two displays complete each other perfectly and make one unified shell at the back side, with no visible crease. The hinge is surprisingly discrete, according to the patent. A rotating mechanism is also proposed, according to a patent filed by Oppo with WIPO on March 22nd 208.

 

A “rotation mechanism and foldable mobile terminal” have been mentioned. Another patent for a hinge assembly also made it out. Oppo demanded an early publication of the patents from WIPO, so something is certainly brewing there. We also see a version like a pull out couch, with a pull out screen, which triples the viewing space. We actually get a triple display setup here.

A sort of clamshell also appears with an “airbag” mechanism and a very long portrait format. The airbag thing requires an elastic element installed within the sides of the phone. When the smartphone gets unfolded the trapped air will be moved, so that’s why the airbag approach happens. Seeing how Oppo has innovated lately, I wouldn’t be surprised if they come up with a commercial product before the year end.

Samsung Galaxy X and Microsoft Andromeda may be beaten before they even come out.

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Microsoft Andromeda Device Gets Rendered With Gaming Mode and Laptop Mode

By Radu Iorga

Microsoft’s Andromeda has been leaked a lot lately, making us believe we’re closer to launch than ever. Renders aren’t lacking, like the one below, created by designer David Breyer. Why his work is more important than you’d think you can find out below.

David Breyer created a very competent set of renders for the Andromeda device, back in the days when it was known as the Surface Phone. Ever since then about 80% of the articles regarding Microsoft’s phone have been using his creations. Now it seems that the renders are actually quite accurate, according to the latest leaks.

We are also seeing some more images, created by David and showing off a gaming mode, that converts the secondary screen of the device into a gaming input area. We see a bunch of Xbox-inspired buttons, including action ones, a D pad and even two would be thumbsticks.

There’s also a render showing the Andromeda with Office Word displayed on one screen and a virtual keyboard with Quick Settings on the other, reminding us of the Touch Bar. It’s all nice and dandy particularly with a stylus in the mix and the hinge so well hidden.

This is a pretty ambitious project, but one that’s prone to be canned at any time, as Microsoft has done over the years. This fall will clarify the matter and show us if there’s room for an Andromeda or not.

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Microsoft Foldable Windows 10 Device rumored to be Powered Snapdragon 1000 CPU

By James A.

There’s a new rumor going around and saying that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 processor was specifically created for Windows on ARM devices. Nothing exactly new here, but we also have a very strong candidate for that premiere: the Microsoft Andromeda device.

Also known as the Surface Phone, the device is now said to be packing the S1000 CPU, which is also meant for laptops, desktops and even the HoloLens 2. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 CPU is certainly going to be powerful, judging by the name alone. Microsoft Andromeda isn’t the sort of modern flagship that competes with the Galaxy S9 or iPhone X, but rather a separate beast.

It’s meant to usher a new age of Microsoft hardware and a new type of design. It won’t look like your average smartphone and not even like your average foldable. It should have a discrete hinge down the middle, two foldable screens and a plurality of formats to approach. Microsoft already published a slew of patents over the last year, all of them related to the Surface Phone, so hype is huge.

The rumored device will be a dual screen machine, with Windows 10 on ARM, or some sort of Windows Core version. Mum’s the word on whether or not this device will actually be ready for the fall release…

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Samsung Foldable Phone Gets Pictured in Prototype Form, Looks Like a ZTE Axon M

By Radu Iorga

We all knew that Samsung was preparing a foldable phone for release in 2019, but we had yet to see something more than than speculations and patents. Well today that changes, as we get to see a foldable phone from Samsung, leaked in a few prototype pics.

To be clear, this device has been cancelled in the meantime and it’s not exactly fresh, as the UI itself reveals. Some even say it’s as old as 2015. The South Koreans have been working on a foldable phone for years and one of their cancelled prototypes has hit the web. It feels very familiar, since it looks just like the ZTE Axon M. To be honest, it’s actually a bit uglier.

It’s like two older Galaxy A models glued together somehow. We’ve got a main front panel with a 16:9 screen hooked to another screen. The hinge between them is pretty narrow and discrete, not very visible but the second screen feels like it’s placed on a too slim slab of metal. We also know that this device is codenamed SM-G929F and it’s also known as “Project V”.

Many seem to believe it’ll be launched at MWC 2019, or even CES 2019, if it’s ready on time. We’re expecting a 7.3 inch full screen when the device is opened and a 4.5 inch one when folded. The result, the so called Galaxy X will be a limited edition product, priced at around $2000 and produced in 300.000 to 500.000 units. Hopefully it’ll look better than this.

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