Intel patent hints at a foldable smartphone that unfolds into tablet

Samsung, Huawei, LG are said to be working on foldable smartphones which are slated to release some time this year. Apart from these mainstream OEM’s, companies like Qualcomm, Microsoft, IBM, and Intel are also said to be working on foldable devices. In-line with the reports, Intel’s new patent hints at what the company is working. 

Intel foldable phoneBack in 2017, WIPO has published a patent from Intel Corporation for an ‘Electronic device with foldable display panels’. The patent shows various design images and a very brief description of the product. This new Intel device unfolds into a big tablet, consisting of three display areas. A stylus pen will make it convenient to operate this foldable device. Meaning, you will have a dual-screen smartphone at your disposal. The interface will probably be adjusted accordingly.

Intel has so far limited itself to prototypes with two displays, so at this moment, it does not seem likely that this foldable smartphone/tablet will hit the market anytime soon, but it does show that companies like Intel are also investing in the foldable future.

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