Google’s foldable patent hints at a compact clamshell phone

Ceria Alfonso
Marcha 16, 2019

Newfangled gadgets have always been subject to all sorts of rumors and speculations, and foldable phones are no exception. The tech giant is rumoured to be working on a foldable smartphone.

It looks like Google is gearing up to jump on the foldable phone bandwagon by introducing a brand new handset equipped with a screen that folds. Apart from an overview, the leaked patent images don't reveal much about Google's first foldable smartphone.

Several major phone manufacturers are scrambling to bring out foldable phones to rival the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, and now it seems Google is planning to enter the fray. Samsung and Huawei have already launched their first foldable smartphone while others like Xiaomi and Oppo have already teased their versions of a foldable phone.

Google’s foldable patent hints at a compact clamshell phone
Google’s foldable patent hints at a compact clamshell phone

According to the patent application the foldable Pixel will fold inwards from top to bottom, just like those flip phones we all used to know and love. Clearly, Google doesn't want to be left behind. The Galaxy Fold was unveiled in two stages, in early November and mid-March, while the Huawei Mate X was announced at MWC a few days after the Fold. However, Google is also looking at the possibility of folding a display around two hinges, that would give the device a "Z-fold" aspect. Even MIUI, the user interface of the company based on Android could immediately undergo an ad hoc restyling in order to make the most of the versatility of the foldable display.

"Like Apple with its iPhones, Google reportedly outsources manufacturing of the Pixel 3 to Foxconn, and both HTC and LG shared manufacturing duties on the Pixel 2 phones", the report said.

While most companies are focused on making a big foldable, it's nice to see that some companies are considering a compact form factor for this category.

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