After Samsung secretly showcased its foldable smartphone at CES 2018, LG has applied for a patent for an unnamed device, which shows how the company’s upcoming foldable phone could look like. The patent describes the device as a “mobile phone with a flexible display which can be folded in half”. The patent was filed in July 2017, however, it became public earlier this week.
The design patent shows two versions of the potential phone. The first image shows a foldable phone that features a camera on the back panel. When folded, the device can display information like the time, and date on the front screen. The second image, on the other hand, is folded, revealing a transparent side on the front right-hand side. That sidebar is expected to display the time and notifications. The rear of the device also sports a camera module.
Details about the smartphone are scarce at the moment. Back in December though reports suggested that LG Display, the display arm of the smartphone maker, tied up with industry bigwigs such as Apple, Google, and Microsoft to develop foldable OLED panels.
Meanwhile, Samsung reportedly aims to launch its foldable Galaxy X smartphone by end of this year. If launched, Samsung Galaxy X will be world’s first fully-foldable smartphone. Samsung showcased both inward and outward folding phones at the event. Reports suggest that the foldable smartphone will feature a massive 7.3-inch OLED display.