Thefirst foldable smartphones have since been released, such as the Samsung Galaxy Fold , theHuawei Mate X and the new Motorola RAZR 2019 .Although there have been rumors for a long time that LG would also introduce a folding device this year, it has not yet happened. Nevertheless, LG Electronics has now patented a large number of designs, significantly more than the average smartphone manufacturer.
Over the years we have encountered numerous LG foldable smartphones with different form factors. Think of a foldable telephone with stylus pen, or a clamshell model . LG has evenpatented a retractable smartphone and recently aretractable phone . With the latest design from the Korean manufacturer, the flexible screen is on the outside when you use the folding phone in its most compact form.
LG folding telephone with flexible OLED screen
LG Electronics filed a design patent with The Hague International Design System in May 2019. The documentation was published on November 29, 2019 under the name “Mobile phone.” This is a foldable smartphone with a flexible OLED display.
The design is very similar to the already introduced Huawei Mate X. The Oppo folding phone that was shown as a prototype early this year also has a similar design. The full-screen screen is on the outside and covers both the front and rear of the device. The screen edges are kept to a minimum.
There is a narrow side bar for the camera system, which is positioned on the left front. At least three cameras have been incorporated in the side bar. It is possible that the lower one is a fourth camera, but it is also possible that this is a flash. It is not clear from the summary patent description what kind of camera lenses will be used. Knowing LG, an ultra-wide-angle lens will undoubtedly be integrated.
Unlike the Mate X, the side bar is attached to the front of the housing. You then also open the back, to make a tablet format.This part is then considerably thinner than the left-hand side, because the housing is attached to it, including all necessary components.
Folded up, the phone has a remarkably thin design. At the top there is an on / off button, a speaker and a microphone. The bottom also shows a speaker and a microphone, as well as a connection for the charger and a round hole that looks like a 3.5 mm connection.
Since there is both a speaker placed on the top and bottom you can assume that it is a stereo speaker, LG has provided its devices with high-quality audio technologies for years. The company will undoubtedly want to continue this principle to the foldable telephone.
When is the first foldable phone expected from LG ?
In October 2018, the CEO of LG Mobile, Hwang Jeong-hwan, announced that LG is also developing a foldable smartphone .He added that the company is not so much driven to be the first to introduce a phone with a flexible screen.
More than a year has passed and the first models have been officially introduced. Last month, Samsung even distributed a teaser for its newest folding device, a clamshell model this time. It is possible that this folding device will be named Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 , although the name has not yet been officially announced. However, it seems likely that this telephone will be unveiled in the first quarter of 2020.
Will LG also be ready by then to introduce its first foldable smartphone? It is certainly not inconceivable that the company will show at least one prototype during CES 2020 or during MWC 2020.