INTRO: With companies like Samsung and Motorola moving ahead within the foldable smartphone market, several other companies try their hands in developing the simplest of them. Similarly, a recent report suggests that the China-based smartphone-makers, Oppo might bring a Moto-Razr like foldable with a clamshell design.
Oppo Planning To Bring Foldable Smartphone Like Moto-Razr
The patent, spotted by the Dutch media LetsGoDigital, hints at an Oppo foldable that comes during a clamshell design with the foldable screen on the surface of the device. This means that the screen, rather than folding inwards, folds outwards leaving the user with screens on each side of the device (picture below). Now, Oppo came up with an idea of a foldable smartphone back in MWC 2019. However, a bit like Xiaomi’s Mi Mix Alpha, Oppo’s foldable didn’t see the sunshine of the day.
So now, the corporate is getting to develop a foldable that solves the difficulty of getting a small screen on the outer a part of the foldable devices. Hence, as we saw within the image above, Oppo made a tool with a foldable display that folds outwards, very similar to Huawei’s Mate X.
Coming to the planning of the Oppo smartphone, when folded, it becomes a very compact device with screens both at the front and back. This eradicates the difficulty of integrating a separate tiny screen as a “cover screen” for the folded form. In this form, the most camera module becomes the front camera, as there’s a screen at the rear. When unfolded, the device becomes a skinny smartphone with an extended screen.
There is also an “angle detection” tech that helps the device to adjust the UI according to the angle of the fold. This works with the help of magnets and “Hall sensor”. According to the report, the patent was filed by Oppo in January 2020. So, it is still in its infancy. As a result, the corporate will need to work on the project for a few times before bringing out a functioning foldable device, because the patent suggests.
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