Another day, another brand has jumped in the bandwagon of the foldable smartphone cause.
OPPO, which just released the cutting-edge OPPO Find X, is now furthering its presence, all determined to break the mold in the current trend as the company has received patents to three possible foldable designs. This OPPO patent also marks the firm as the fifth one among the leading smartphone brands that is expected to showcase its offering in the now growing foldable devices.
The three patents boast of varying functions and designs. The first one comes with a more basic functionality in a device that allows it to be unfolded horizontally. This mechanism allows users to double the display size whenever that need comes. The said functionality is made possible by a special rotating hinge which also features a flexible display, allowing the device to be held in place whether it's folded or not.
Also included in these granted patents is a device that comes with three displays. But unlike the first patent above, this functionality works on three panels which are stacked on top of each other. These panels come with a design that allows users to pull out right from its side to reveal a long panel which ultimately triples its size.
The final OPPO patent shows a vertical fold which strikes resemblance to that of the recently released patents of Samsung and LG. The noted difference though is OPPO's plan to make use of special airbags that are hidden right on either side of the device's hinge mechanism which make its display durable and damage-resistant. The planned two airbags would also support the screen's structure whenever the device gets opened or shut.
Apart from these patents, OPPO is still mum about its further plans in making a foldable phone. Although, it is expected that the firm might give some future hints on these as its rivals, Samsung and HUAWEI, are poised to launch their own iterations under this technology very soon.
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