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OPPO patents a clamshell foldable phone with the screen on the outside

A render based on OPPO's new patent. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
A render based on OPPO's new patent. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
Samsung has captivated some tech enthusiasts with its Galaxy Z Flip neo-clamshell phone, the second of its kind to be foldable. Now, a different mobile device company, OPPO, has designed one much like it, but in reverse. Its screen is on the outside, with a sensor that detects the angle at which it is unfolded.
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The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is one of only two foldable clamshell phones on the market. It has won some approval due to this groundbreaking form-factor, which allows for improved portability and pocketability (especially as one's wallet would feel much less substantial on buying it). Therefore, more OEMs may want to copy this formula in the future. There is evidence that OPPO may be one of them - but with a twist.

This company has recently registered a new design with the Chinese intellectual property office (CNIPA) for just such a clamshell foldable. However, this device exposes its display to the elements at all times, whereas it is protected by an outer shell while closed in the Samsung device's case. 

Therefore, the potential OPPO alternative may be all screen when unfolded, except for an extension of its frame found at the top of this device. It houses a Hall sensor for the magnets on either half of this device, thus detecting the angle at which the phone is unfolded when open.

This feature may have UI-related use-cases. Then again, it is hard to see the point of an outward-folding clamshell, besides being more portable. As OPPO received CNIPA's approval for this patent in January 2020, it is possible that it may expound its reasoning further with a prototype (at least) based on this new design.

Some more composite images based on the new OPPO patent. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
Some more composite images based on the new OPPO patent. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

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Deirdre O'Donnell
Deirdre O'Donnell - Senior Tech Writer - 3992 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-08-31 (Update: 2020-08-31)