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Motorola patents what looks like the opposite of the Razr (2020) clamshell phone

The Motorola Razr. (Source: Motorola)
The Motorola Razr. (Source: Motorola)
Motorola scrambled to become one of the first OEMs with a foldable clamshell smartphone on the market. Now, a new patent from the company suggests it intends to turn the new Razr inside out - kind of literally. It focuses on a new design that allows a device of this form-factor to bend the other way compared to the existing device.

Motorola has hinted that it might update its new foldable Razr series with a new generation soon. In the meantime, the OEM has sought to demonstrate that it could also do the opposite - literally. It has patented a new kind of mobile device frame that allows a flexible OLED display to be on the outside of the resulting phone, rather than inside as with the OEM's current foldable flagship, not to mention its most prominent rivals.

The potential new kind of clamshell smartphone uses a novel hinge type to support a form-factor that looks much like the current Razr variants, chin and all, otherwise. The OEM also suggests that this might allow the phone to act as a dual-display device in its folded state.

Therefore, there might be an alternative to the Razr around soon. On the other hand, Motorola might only have registered this new IP merely for the sake of claiming it; some competitors such as OPPO and Xiaomi seem to have done the same over the last few years.

Interested in an entry-level foldable? The original Razr is only ~US$300 on Amazon (renewed) right now.

The Motorola patent's diagrams. (Source: WIPO)
The Motorola patent's diagrams. (Source: WIPO)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-02- 7 (Update: 2022-02- 7)