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Apple Foldable Display Patents Reveals Multiple Foldable Device Formats

By Radu Iorga

It seems that over the past year we’ve seen more patents than in the whole last decade. That’s because we’re on the cusp on moving onto a new paradigm, involving foldable phones, tablets, foldable everything. Also interconnected with 5G… Apple can’t stay away from it, as shown by its latest patents, which we dissect below.

Apple patented a series of foldable display designs, which seem to predict their approach to foldables. Apple is said to be planning its first foldable display device in 2020, aiming for a “different approach”. They’ve been working on it and patenting stuff as early as 2011, with an update in 2016 and now they have a plurality of diagrams.

We have multiple versions of the foldable Apple device, including the most basic model of all, simply two parts and a hinge between them, with a foldable screen on the side. There’s also a vertical foldable device and one with a weird loop. Some of the designs feel like the Microsoft Surface devices, while others seem overcomplicated.

Apple seems to dislike curves, as their approach is mostly angular and reinforced with multiple components and layers. There’s the idea of having a folding body with screens on the outside, or folding screens, with the pliable parts within the screens. Multi link assemblies are also proposed and we see a device with various levels of thickness, multiple flex points.

Apple has a lot to choose from, including materials, hinges, components, symmetry of lack of… Even a roll up device is proposed at some point, or one that looks like a wallet. Also, they even tried out a triple display setup, like the famous Xiaomi leaked foldable phone. There’s no way to predict which of these will make it into production, so I guess we have to wait till 2020 to learn more.

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Samsung Patents New Foldable Phone Design, Tablet, Also All in One Desktop

By Radu Iorga

Samsung patented a motherload of devices this week, starting with a foldable phone and tablet, plus an all in one desktop PC. The company was granted a series of new design patents, one of them covering a large foldable smartphone, while the second was pretty covert. It could be a large foldable phone or a small foldable tablet.

The US Patent Office granted Samsung a design patent for a new All in One desktop design, as the graphics in this article show. These are simple visuals, not very clear indicators of the final products. However, the sketches of the phone and tablet are pretty self explanatory. First we saw an out-folding smartphone, that has two separate screens attached via hinge.

It’s able to fold outwards, meaning the user can unfold the device and place it on a flat surface, offering two fields of view. This way two users can operate the device at the same time. The second patent covers a foldable tablet that folds inwards. It can be folded into a smartphone-sized machine and give the user a large display and a portable machine at the same time.

 

There was also a very large device in the sketches, possibly a very big tablet. An All in One desktop also appears, as a screen attached to a small rounded box, like the older iMacs. That whole tubular thing looks interesting, like a portable speaker of sorts. This feels like something Samsung show at IFA 2019, rather than MWC or CES. Foldables will surely come on February 20 though.

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Microsoft Patents Fabric Based Sensors for Surface Tablets, Could Also Reach Other Devices

By Radu Iorga

The idea of smart fabric has been around for a bit and Intel has been playing with it, also Google via the Project Jacquard thing. Now Microsoft patents a set of fabric-based sensors, that could reach Surface tablets, the HoloLens and more Microsoft devices.

Apple also had a few fabric-based patents, which were associated to Apple Watch bracelets. Microsoft’s fresh patent application is titled “Forming Touch Sensor on Fabric”. The documents mention a new technology that may be used on a mobile devices. These sensors could be integrated into fabrics or other finishes, such as a metallic paint and they could be used with touch controls for controlling volume levels for content.

They could also change TV channels or be used with biometrics and more. Many tablet covers, keyboards and accessories include fabric parts, so in the future those parts could include sensors and other components. Google paired up with Levi Strauss for Project Jaquard and Microsoft may also look into some other fashion brand to deliver its own version, in case they want to expand beyond accessories.

Such fabric-based sensors are also useful for medical purposes, sleep tracking, pulse tracking and more.

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Samsung Foldable Gaming Smartphone is a Thing Now; Patents and Renders Appear

By James A.

We’ve all seen Samsung foldable phone patents, but have you seen a foldable gaming phone? Such a device has just appeared in a patent and swiftly the folks of Letsgodigital have created a set of renders for it. Let’s check them out.

The device is basically the same foldable we knew, turning from phone to tablet, but it also gets a sort of “lip”, that bends over the lower part of the screen and provides gaming controls. There are 8 action buttons and a D Pad, no love for shoulder buttons or thumbsticks here. We also expect a custom CPU, cooling system and other optional gaming accessories.

We have no idea when Samsung decides to launch this machine, but it could happen on February 20, with the Galaxy S10. The foldable lip thing doesn’t sound plausible, since it may make the device vulnerable to more breakage. Somehow I also dig the gaming thing more on a smartphone format than the tablet one. I imagine the top part of the device would make it heavy on your hands.

 

I think they should have gone the Nintendo DS route, with one screen for controls and one for the actual game UI. Anyway, a foldable gaming phone will probably have an obscene price, since the regular foldable one was already rumored for $2000. Count this one under “dreams”.

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Lenovo Working on Some Sort of Desktop Pro Tablet, According to Patents

By Radu Iorga

Lenovo is never shy of exploring new formats. They had a foldable device years ago and the Yoga series spawned some nifty novelty. Now they patented a new type of design, that seems to show a tablet-style desktop PC.

It came up at the US Patent Office and since it’s a mere patent, there’s no guarantee it’ll happen. It sure sounds like one of those Microsoft Studio rivals, a larger size slate that can be propped up as a monitor. It seems like a model larger than the iPad Pro 2018 and the form factor is expected to versatile. The base part is rather big, too big to be portable.

It probably holds connectors, some extra RAM, storage, a speaker and a mechanism for various tilting angles. I expect some stylus love here, maybe a “dial” mechanism for graphics and video editing. No idea of this is powered by Intel or an ARM CPU, perhaps a surprise AMD appearance (probably not). This sure feels like a device that would get the ThinkPad moniker come IFA 2019.

I hope Lenovo gets the weight right, otherwise, the tablet can topple that base/stand. Windows is probably the OS of choice here.

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