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Google’s foldable patent hints at a compact clamshell phone

16 March 2019

As well as a clamshell-style unit (Fig.2), we also see what looks like a Z-folding approach (Fig.3), and possibly what taking a selfie or video calling may look like on the unit (the first image). The device will have a single inward fold, according to the patent images. Presently, we have no idea how successful foldable phones are going to be, especially if the cost of them stays in the thousands. What's worth is that Apple too is considering working on a foldable smartphone as well according to a recently published patent.

The patent, first spotted by Patently Mobile, reveals a Google design for a foldable smartphone.

A patent application, noticed by Patently Mobile, seems to suggest that Google is working on or at least dreamed up a foldable display.

These types of patents frequently appear but only rarely do we get to see a finished product based on them. This is a form factor a few other companies are looking at, including Samsung, for a Fold-successor.

Google’s foldable patent hints at a compact clamshell phone
Is Google building a foldable Pixel phone?

In the recent weeks, Samsung and Huawei have challenged each other with foldable smartphones during the MWC 2019 in Barcelona in which the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X were launched.

Newfangled gadgets have always been subject to all sorts of rumors and speculations, and foldable phones are no exception.

The patent does not mention the word "phone" even once, instead it refers to how the display could be used by "modern computing devices" which could refer to tablets or laptops, The Verge reported on Thursday. Its Pixel phones have been slow to adopt multiple cameras and to shrink their bezels, unlike its major competitors. All I'm saying is, don't expect the folding Google Pixel (Fixel?) this Autumn alongside the Pixel 4 series.

Google’s foldable patent hints at a compact clamshell phone