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LG Patents World’s First Transparent Foldable Phone, Operated Via Rear Area

By Radu Iorga

LG patented yet another foldable phone, this time one that stands out of the crowd, because it’s transparent. The patent mentions ways you can operate the device by doing touch input using its rear side. LG has been experimenting with quite a few foldable device formats.

Usually we see them revolving around foldables that are clamshells and bend in a vertical manner, but this time it’s different. The company already unveiled a 77 inch flexible and transparent 4K OLED display at SID 2018. The idea of a double sided transparent smartphone is still pretty fresh. The new patent refers to a “Mobile Terminal” and it was filed 3 years ago, but approved this week.

The documents show a smartphone that’s basically all display and it’s able to bend. There’s a display area at the front and back of the phone. Bezels are narrow and everything is see though. Apparently, transparency can also change. If the transparency of the screen info is higher than 20%, the rear touch sensor is activated.

Once you fold the device open, the flexible screen is made of two parts, the left and right one. Each can independently show transparent or opaque content, with the degree of transparency depending on the angle at which you hold the machine. Once you do a fold, the transparency increases. This sure sounds like something extra compared to what Samsung and Huawei have been doing.

There are a lot of moving parts to get through and I imagine such a device would be very slim and have a “stub” with all the main components on the side.

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LG Debuts New Laptop That Combines Tablet and Notebook Features: LG Gram 2 in 1 debuts in USA, Korea

By Radu Iorga

After some teasing and presentations, LG’s Gram 2 in 1 device became available today in USA and South Korea. The machine is supposed to be a Lenovo Yoga contender and comes with a rotating screen. It’ll be priced at around $1600 and that’s just the starting price.

The product has already reached Best Buy over the past week, apparently. It combines a 14 inch Full HD IPS display with a laptop’s body. It can rotate up to 360 degrees and it offers touch functionality. The laptop also makes use of a Wacom stylus, letting users do drawing, write by hand and tweak gradients and directions.

4096 levels of pressure are available here. LG Electronics may have used a 14 inch diagonal here, but they’ve implemented it on a format suited for a 13.3 incher and the whole thing weighs 1145 grams. The device has an Intel 8th gen CPU, a slot for SSD storage, the latest DDR4 RAM and a fingerprint scanner within the Power button.

LG Gram 2 in 1 also has the appeal of the “military specifications”, which make it more rugged than the norm. It can take shocks, dust, high temperature, vibration, salt and more. The device comes in a config that involves the Intel Whiskey Lake Core i7 CPU, 512 GB of SSD and 16 GB of RAM. It’s also pretty light at 1.15 kilograms, compared to the MacBook Air 2018 even.

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LG Foldable Phone Gets Fresh Patent, Would be Expandable as Well

By Radu Iorga

Not a week passes without seeing a new patent for a foldable phone and this time it’s LG coming up with novelty. They’ve recently patented a new device of the sort, which gets rendered and detailed thanks to LetsGoDigital.

The device has a patent filing already at WIPO and USPTO, describing its collapsible nature. I see there’s a mid section with some shortcuts, much like the Edge of a Galaxy Edge and a sort of “hook” mechanism at the back side. When closed, the device looks like any smartphone and in order to open it, you just need to unfold the rear face forward and stretch the machine.

This is not your average hinge-based foldable. It doesn’t open like a book like Samsung’s unit and doesn’t have a tri fold system like the Xiaomi freshly leaked tablet/phone. LG has a more elegant solution, also a very good looking one, that makes sense. It also doesn’t seem to add to the bulk of the machine. Sadly, LG doesn’t have a prototype ready for CES 2019 or MWC 2019.

 

Turns out that we’ll only see something new from them in Q3 2019. It kind of reminds me of the ZTE Axon to be honest. LG has been toying with a lot of formats lately, so they surely have something brewing. I have a feeling they’ll let Samsung take the fall first.

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LG Patents New Smartphone With Rollable Display, 3D Camera and Second Screen

By Radu Iorga

LG patented the mother of all smartphones over the past week, going far past the definition of the usual folding phone. The result is a pretty crazy machine, that has a rollable screen, a 3D camera, second display and stylus.

It all came to light on December 20, courtesy of WIPO. LG already had a rollable OLED TV that it showcased at CES 2018, so it was all about miniaturing that device for commercial use. Now the LG ROLED is being put to work on a device that opens up like an ancient scroll, by pulling from the sides to reveal an expandable display.

According to the patent things are pretty complex here and the rollable screen is the least of your concern. There’s a secondary screen on the left side of the device, which shows useful stuff like date, time and notifications. The stylus is integrated in some hidden slot and we also have a mechanical control element on the right side, like an iPod navigational mechanism.

 

We’ve also got a fingerprint scanner embedded into a button from the back of the left housing. LG has included multiple cameras here, ones that are able to take 3D shots stereoscopically. 3D audio is also a thing and the audio output module is placed under the display. The content shown on the screens varies with use scenarios.

You can use split screen options, display parts of interface, assign multiple user accounts to the portions and use a fully horizontal UI. One can also provide usage scenarios for two users: one to the left side and one to the right. CES 2019 will surely bring us devices like these, a plurality of them even.

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Future LG Tablet Could Feature Detachable Wireless Keyboard and Bezel Less Design

By Radu Iorga

Finally, a decent set of renders for a new format of device! I’ve been less than impressed by all the renders for those foldable phones, but I can totally get behind the renders for this LG tablet, created by Letsgodigital.

LG hasn’t been the most prolific of tablet makers lately, but they’re still prepping some products behind the scenes. Now they have a new patent filed with the KIPO (Korean Intellectual Property Office), that’s been approved and published last week. It shows a bezel less device, with a wireless detachable keyboard. It also has a cover that can be used as a cradle after you unfold it. The wireless keyboard, plus the bezel less tablet are shown in two different design patents, but they’re most likely part of a bundle.

There are some angles that seem to show a sort of foldable device, but I think I’m reading too much into it. This actually reminds me of the LG Tab Book Duo, which debuted in 2015. It had a separate keyboard, which could be combined in a compact way. MWC 2018 had very few tablets, but with the rise of foldables and new formats we could see a new increase.

 

I see there are rounded corners here, a touchpad on the keyboard and a pretty slim format. Patents are patents so don’t get your hopes up.

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