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BOE has developed an ambi-folding mobile device display: new leak

This display bends both inward and outward. (Source: MyDrivers)
This display bends both inward and outward. (Source: MyDrivers)
Foldable-display phones are slowly becoming more prevalent; however, they are still at a point at which they can only do so in one way per device: inward or outward. However, a new leaked video suggests a concept device that can bend in both directions is out there now. This possible breakthrough in the technology has allegedly been achieved by the panel-maker BOE.

Huawei recently launched the Mate X2, a foldable phablet that exchanged the outward-bending design of its predecessor the Xs in favor of an inward-bending form-factor also used by Samsung in the Galaxy Z Fold series. However, a new rumor suggests that these OEMs might not have to choose between these modes in their devices' future generations.

MyDrivers claims to have dug up new content that depicts a prototype folding phone that can, unlike the Mate X or Galaxy Z Fold lines, articulate freely around its hinge. This is due to its new kind of display, which can ostensibly support folding both inward or outward, whereas even the most advanced prototypes of today are much more limited in their range of motion.

The apparently ground-breaking panel that unlocks this new potential for foldable tech is identified in this new report as BOE. This OEM is currently associated with foldable displays all right, and is involved in the mass-production of displays with a bending radius of 5 to 3 millimeters (mm), rated to survive up to 200,000 folds each at their respective relatively advanced extents.

The "multi-mode" concept device leak has also found its way to the eminent tipster Digital Chat Station, who seems remarkably convinced and excited by the prospect it might represent, hinting that Huawei might like to pick it up for a "Mate X3". Given that the foldable display market is now expected to see its millionth unit shipped by 2023, this advice might be worth following - presuming the ground-breaking 360° BOE panel really does exist, of course.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-02-27 (Update: 2021-02-27)