LG patents a transparent foldable phone

LG received US Patent 10,254,863, as indicated by Let's Go Digital which presents a potential vision for folding phones, and includes a mostly transparent screen. Filed in 2015, this patent is just a hint of how long technology companies have been reflecting on products, as well as how bizarre and extravagant their concepts have been. The idea with this is that you would have one half of the device with an adjustable transparency, with the other half with a transparent part and an opaque section to accommodate your battery. As usual in patents, the why of such a device is not explained, only the how .

Earlier this year, LG recorded that it is too early. to launch a folding phone, and the company opted for a second screen accessory for its upcoming LG V50. Both of these movements seem to be justified by the current facts of the folding category under development: Samsung and Huawei are the only major companies that have announced folding products, and none of them has been able to price their device for less than $ 2,000. LG could, as usual, plunge into the pursuit of engineering exaggeration and prestige, but the company's more pragmatic approach has lately gone against that. All of which means: do not expect a transparent LG on the surface to come to light shortly.

lg patents a transparent foldable phone

Image: LG (USPTO)

LG certainly has the technology to make a transparent fold a reality. LG Display, which is a nominally independent company but obviously has an excellent working relationship with LG Electronics, has been demonstrating rolling OLED screens and transparent screens for quite some time. If you're wondering why LG persists with their unprofitable smartphone efforts, one good reason is that each new LG phone can serve as a technological showcase for the company's overall progress.

The transparent and transparent design established in the new LG patent is remarkable for another reason: the hinge. A substantial part of the images that accompany it is dedicated to the hinge, which is a rather complicated piece. Other companies, such as TCL and Huawei, have also been super-secretive with regard to their hinged technology, and it seems that the mechanics of folding and real deployment will be a point of differentiation when folding devices become a reality.

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