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OPPO patents a new kind of dual-display mobile device

OPPO's new dual-display patent. (Source: CNIPA via ITHome)
OPPO's new dual-display patent. (Source: CNIPA via ITHome)
OPPO has patented a new kind of phone or phablet with an optional secondary display to which it can attach using custom-designed hinges. Therefore, this detachable portion could act as a keyboard, or perhaps allow the entire product to imitate a Surface Duo at will. The OEM has also apparently patented a mobile gaming controller with in-built earphones.

LG's freshly confirmed exodus from the smartphone market is an arguable let-down for the industry, particularly as it now creates a vacuum in the segment for innovative form-factors, display-dock solutions included. Then again, it seems OPPO has ensured that there need be no lack of products along those lines with its new patent.

This claim - submitted to the Chinese authority CNIPA in 2019 - is not so much an LG Dual Screen clone as it is more of a potential answer to the Surface Duo. It consists of a device that, from the looks of it, has the dimensions of a typical smartphone or phablet, albeit one with specific hinge-style connectors for a secondary display of equal size.

Therefore, when combined, it does in truth somewhat resemble Microsoft's inaugural "foldable" phone. OPPO did not set out use-cases for this new concept; then again, as one half of it is referred to as the "host" end and the other the "display", it seems the detachable portion might be intended to augment the "main" device, and might thus take over UI elements such as keyboards or media controls once attached.

OPPO has also recently patented its own mobile controller, complete with in-built bracket as with other existing products such as the Razer Raiju Mobile. However, it seems this version - a rather flat-edged take on the form-factor that doesn't honestly look that comfortable to hold or use in its diagrams - also comes with its own earphones.

These extras - possibly included so as to circumvent the normal inability to use a wired headset if the phone in question needs to be connected via its type C port - might even charge in their own dedicated silos found in the bottom of the potential gaming accessory as described.

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OPPO's new patented designs. (Source: CNIPA via ITHome )
OPPO's new patented designs. (Source: CNIPA via ITHome )
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-04- 5 (Update: 2021-04- 5)