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LG patents imaginative tri-fold smartphone-tablet hybrid with stylus support

LG's tri-folding smartphone/tablet hybrid render. (Source: Letsgodigital)
LG's tri-folding smartphone/tablet hybrid render. (Source: Letsgodigital)
LG has filed a patent for a tri-foldable smartphone/tablet hybrid that also offers stylus support. The device looks like the stuff of dreams for gadget lovers but LG has, to date, indicated that it isn’t currently focused on bringing a foldable device to market in the near future.

2019 was supposed to be the year that foldable smartphones became a “thing” but that hasn’t really materialized to date for a variety of reasons. That, however, doesn’t mean that smartphones with foldable displays won’t become more commonplace in the near future. Although LG has indicated it isn’t currently working to bring a foldable device to market, at least in the short term, doesn’t mean it hasn’t been hard at work on the concept.

A patent discovered by Letsgodigital (and which has also been brought to life their clever CAD wizards) demonstrates just how seriously LG is taking the concept. To date, LG has been content with offering second screen accessories for devices like its V50 ThinQ 5G which it believes are both more practical and affordable for consumers. As the teething pains experienced by both Samsung and Huawei have shown with the Galaxy Fold and Mate X, foldable OLED panels are still very much bleeding edge technologies and are also very expensive as such.

The LG tri-folding device looks similar to the foldable smartphone that Xiaomi is currently working on, however, rather than folding evenly at the rear, it overlaps. This approach has been taken to create something approaching a full-size tablet when it is unfolded from its smartphone form factor. Not only that, the LG patent shows that the device also supports a stylus, which adds considerably to the overall utility of the device. Let’s hope LG changes tack and looks to get this device to market ASAP as it looks to have a lot of potential.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-09- 4 (Update: 2019-09- 4)
Sanjiv Sathiah
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I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.