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Renders for ZTE foldable clamshell smartphone are strangely reminiscent of the Game Boy Advance SP

Renders of potential ZTE foldable smartphone with clamshell form factor. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
Renders of potential ZTE foldable smartphone with clamshell form factor. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
Drawings in a patent filing made by ZTE have been turned into renders by LetsGoDigital. The device in the renders can be described as a foldable smartphone utilizing a clamshell form factor. The ZTE smartphone folds over itself and leaves an exposed portion of the display. It looks oddly reminiscent of a Game Boy Advance SP handheld game console.

LetsGoDigital has produced another set of renders based on the patent filings of a smartphone manufacturer. The patent in question now was made by the Chinese manufacturer ZTE. The company seems to be working on a new foldable device, but it looks very different from the current most-famous foldables: The Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X.

The ZTE foldable does not fold out into a tablet-sized device, nor does it have a book-like aesthetic. If anything, it resembles the Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP devices that were hugely popular in the first decade of the 21st century. However, when the top half is folded over, a “chin” is left uncovered, which presumably could be for message notifications and other apps.

On the rear of the bottom half there is an obvious dual camera system with flash, and on the rear of the top half there seems to be two more lenses. It’s an intriguing camera setup as there is no obvious selfie camera present. ZTE has been working on devices that offer 5G technology, so if this foldable clamshell smartphone was ever produced, it could also feature 5G communication capability.

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ZTE clamshell and Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP. (Source: LetsGoDigital/Retrocket w/edit)
ZTE clamshell and Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP. (Source: LetsGoDigital/Retrocket w/edit)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2019-03- 8 (Update: 2019-03- 8)