It was probably inevitable that we would eventually see a smartphone design that combines transparent screens with a foldable form factor. LG has just patented a design for such a handset this week after its experimentation with transparent displays over the past few years – and then revealed a partially transparent OLED TV at CES some months ago.
Meanwhile, Sony has been thinking about the same lines of smartphones and patented a transparent handset design at the end of 2018. And then on Tuesday, the US Patent and Trademark Office LG announced the patent (as you can see here) for its own version of the same idea – a smartphone that is transparent but also foldable.
The patent was actually filed more than three years ago and its publication this week was spotted by the Dutch tech news blog LetsGoDigital . So what does this most unusual of an already unusual smartphone design consist of? Now the patent describes a handset that is mostly a flexible screen, both on the front and the back. When "closed", the size is comparable to a normal smartphone, and as it unfolds, you can see extremely narrow screen edges, all of which opened to the size of a tablet and leave something like Samsung's Galaxy Fold.
We have certainly covered a number of foldable phones and suggested designs for such handsets over the past several months, with the folds, covering everything from gaming phones to "phones" that bend around your wrist, as well as phones that "open" like a book. Most of the big smartphone manufacturers are testing the waters here, with big companies like Samsung and Huawei dedicating huge investments and resources to producing premium devices that also happen to be folded.
Meanwhile, LG & # 39; s design manages to be a radical departure from most of what everyone else does. And let's not forget that LG is also experimenting with a more simple foldable smartphone concept (provided we can even call some folds "straight" at this time).
Such a device is surely guaranteed, as there are no major technical barriers to dealing with when it comes to transparent screens that bend. LG also seems to have tried to go out of its way to make this design as technically complicated as possible. For example, as it was supposed to, this phone would have touch input via both the front and back – in other words, no matter how you hold the phone. The patent also includes a description of a multi-lens bag camera system.
Maybe LG will move forward with a foldable handset design at some point and maybe not. At least we can say at least that designs like these are proof that companies are increasingly thinking outside the box and trying hard to push the smartphone market forward – whether we are ready or not.