Foldable phones are clearly the next big thing in mobile technology. So far only Samsung and Huawei have introduced aids, but we expect other manufacturers to join in, and Sharp seems to be part of it.
In 2017, the company filed a patent and was added to the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) database. The following sketches describe the structure and functionality of the device.
To better understand the phone, the guys from LetsGoDigital have created some 3D renderings. They show a smartphone with a large screen without a shutter, which folds vertically like a normal flip-phone.
Interestingly, the device has a dual hinge design, so you can fold the phone in half or remove the top of the screen. In this way, you can quickly search for new messages and even read them.
However, the front camera can not be found and the back has only one lens. Of course, this is a 2017 design, so it will certainly change before the release. Sharp already offers enough space for more than one camera in a doubtlessly expensive device.
Keep in mind, however, that everything we see in patents does not appear in the real world. And if so, it could look very different than in these pictures.
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