Google Foldable Smartphone Design Tipped by Patent

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Google is likely to be working on a foldable smartphone

Patents from Google. discovered by Patently Mobile show a variety of rough designs for how a foldable device could work, with handsets folding in different ways.

Foldable smartphones are the flavour of the year for smartphone companies. With tech behemoths reportedly working on their own versions of foldable smartphones, it is hardly surprising that a leaked patent of Google's purported foldable phone has made an appearance online.

The patent, published in December, describes the device like so: "a$3 foldable display of a computing device includes a back stiffening layer, a transparent frontplate layer, a transparent cover window layer, and an OLED display layer disposed between the back stiffening layer and the transparent frontplate layer".

But a patent application, first found by Patently Apple reveals that Google has been actively studying foldable screen technology.

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The device is likely to have an inwardly foldable display

These types of patents frequently appear but only rarely do we get to see a finished product based on them. That's not to so these patents couldn't be used for future phones, or that they don't help in the development of similar products, only that they don't guarantee such a device will ever be released. Several Samsung folding phone patents emerged before the Galaxy Fold launch, and they do not resemble it.

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Fold. In other words, Google isn't willing to be left out.

The certain specifications of this new super smartphone of the Chinese company are certainly the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and at least 8 GB of RAM. It's also not one to focus on hardware innovations, but instead tends to lead the way through software. While we've seen this design in a few other patents it's something fewer manufacturers seem to be considering, as most patents we've seen show phones folding in two.

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