Patent reveals possible return of Motorola's RAZR as a foldable phone
Remember the RAZR clamshell phone from Motorola that was so coveted in the early 2000s? According to the latest Motorola patent uncovered by Mobielkopen, it looks like the model could see a revival, but with a twist: the clamshell design would hide a foldable display. The patent appears to have been filed on May 31 and was approved a few days ago.
Titled “Electronic device with hinge and corresponding systems and methods,” the patent file includes very detailed schematics and diagrams presenting the tech behind Motorola’s first foldable phone. The outside of the phone looks very much like a normal clamshell phone, but there is a special hinge that was adapted for a large flexible display on the front, which can be folded when the clamshell is closed.
The upper half of the rear side features what appear to e a single camera and a fingerprint sensor, while the lower half comes with a loudspeaker. The schematics also mention the presence of an optional flex sensor that could be working in tandem with the for special folding hinges.
Since Motorola is now part of Lenovo’s brand portfolio, this patent ca easily be associated with what Lenovo’s CEO had to say at MWC this year about the return of the RAZR design: “With the new technology, particularly foldable screens, I think you will see more and more innovation on our smartphone design.”
Of course, the existence of such patents does not necessarily prove that Motorola will launch its foldable phone in this exact form. However, the special hinge and its interaction with the flexible screen will likely make it into mass produced devices at some point in the near future.