Soon after Xiaomi introduced the Mi MIX with its near bezel-less display, other manufacturers also launched their smartphones with edge-to-edge displays. These include the likes of LG, Samsung, OnePlus and Vivo, among others. While Motorola hasn’t entered the bezel-less display smartphone market yet, that may change soon.
Motorola has filed a patent for a borderless flexible OLED display that is capable of folding or unfolding the form-factor, AndroidHeadlines reports. The patent filing was published on February 8 by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Based on the patent sketches, it seems like Motorola is aiming to bring a truly bezel-less smartphone.
The diagram in the sketch compares with a normal smartphone display with regular bezels. It also shows the pixel makeup of a borderless display along with an active matrix. In this particular case, two active groupings of pixels are individually operated and separated in the middle using light grouping of pixels, and that is where the display can be folded.
The next diagram also shows how the smartphone may look like once borderless display technology is implemented. Motorola’s patent design could also be applicable for both a foldable and non-foldable makeup. Here, one of the implementations could result in a device that acts as a smartphone when folded and double-up as a large display tablet surface when unfolded.
Lenovo, which owns Motorola, had offered a glimpse at a wearable smartphone with a flexible display, and a tablet that converts into a smartphone when folded. The company already has prototypes in place and is working to launch flexible display smartphones in the coming years. As for Motorola, the patent was only recently approved, so it is difficult to tell if such as device would make it to the market anytime soon.