Huawei is leaving no stone unturned in its quest to beat its rivals in the smartphone business. It’s latest flagship phones Huawei P20 Pro and the dashing Porsche Design Mate RS are some of the best smartphones in the Android world.
In order to compete on upcoming foldable display phones from the likes of Samsung, Huawei has patented its own foldable smartphone.
The company has already innovated the smartphone camera sector, and now with this, it’s looking to change the future of smartphone displays.
Like Folding A Book
Huawei’s foldable smartphone will be able to open and close like a book. The patent, which was filed last year in September has finally been published.
In this design, the smartphone will become tablet-sized when opened like a book. The joint area is similar to a Microsoft Surface book but leaves a smaller gap in between.
How it Works
The patent states,
Provided are a mobile terminal folding mechanism and a mobile terminal. The folding mechanism comprises a soft supporting structure and a hard supporting structure embedded in the soft supporting structure. The folding mechanisms composed of the soft supporting structure and the hard supporting structure embedded on the soft supporting structure is used as a component for connecting a first shell and a second shell.
When the mobile terminal is deployed, the folding mechanism formed by the soft supporting structure and the hard supporting structure is expanded into a flat-plate structure connected with the first shell and the second shell.
Moreover, this mechanism prevents projections from appearing on the display and minimizes the gaps in the joint area. The patent does not disclose how the display will be used when its folded up though.
Huawei might add a way to check notifications or accept calls while the display is folded later on.
You can check out the original patent for yourself here.