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LG rumored to be working on the Bendi foldable smartphone

Patent drawings for an LG foldable device. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
Patent drawings for an LG foldable device. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
A group of trademark applications to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) have been discovered by LetsGoDigital that offer a number of names for an upcoming foldable smartphone from LG. The selection of names goes from the rather prosaic XF and XB, to the much more colorful Solid, Solidis, and Bendi.

LetsGoDigital has been busy exploring LG’s foray into the foldable smartphone market. Not only has the website uncovered a number of EUIPO posts that offer potential names for LG’s device, it has also published a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office that shows a “mobile terminal and method for controlling the same.” Diagrams included in the USPTO filing clearly show a foldable device, which could be a smartphone, phablet, or tablet.

Obviously Samsung has been grabbing the majority of headlines in regard to mobile foldable technology lately, thanks to the reveal of a device that could end up being called the Samsung Galaxy Flex. But this does not mean the race is over, and it won’t necessarily be the first mass-produced foldable device that wins consumers over. Many competing companies are involved with the development of foldable technology and will need to consider unique selling points to help their devices stand out from the crowd. It seems with the “Bendi” LG might be planning to utilize a single screen that covers the whole of the device’s inside and can recognize different forms of operation (half-open, fully open, etc.).

Apparently, LG has also registered potential foldable smartphone names such as Flex, Foldi, and Duplex. Wisely, the company has decided to spend more time on developing its foldable smartphone rather than racing to release an unfinished product.

A potential LG foldable phone could be called "Bendi." (Source: LetsGoDigital/EUIPO)
A potential LG foldable phone could be called "Bendi." (Source: LetsGoDigital/EUIPO)

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LetsGoDigital (Dutch and English)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2018-11-28 (Update: 2018-11-28)