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Sony patent points to foldable phone with transparent display

A render of a new Sony patent description showing a foldabe device with a transparent display. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
A render of a new Sony patent description showing a foldabe device with a transparent display. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
With 2019 looking like it will be the year of the foldable smartphones, you might be wondering what’s next. A new patent from Sony might give us a clue. How does a foldable smartphone with a transparent display sound like to you?

The future that my generation (Gen-X) grew up imagining is very much upon us in many ways. Virtual reality headsets, flat screen computers that you can hold in one hand (tablets) and foldable display screen tech are now very much real. In fact, 2019 will be the year that foldable smartphones soon start to become the norm, which is an exciting prospect. But will come after that?

A new Sony patent looks like it might to what’s next. Recently filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and published this month, the patent describes a device that incorporates two displays with multiple light emitting elements. This would provide for multiple display modes include non-transparent, semi-transparent, and transparent. To create the transparent effect, two displays need to be facing each other, meaning that the device would actually have to embed four displays in total.

The technology can also be applied to a foldable smartphone design, as pictured in the renders based on the patent description by LetsGoDigital. With several manufacturers admitting to working on foldable designs for next year, it is likely that Sony will be among them. However, it would be surprising if its first such device smartphone also includes this new transparent and semi-transparent tech. But we can always hope it does.

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Images accompanying Sony's patent application. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
Images accompanying Sony's patent application. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-12- 2 (Update: 2018-12- 2)
Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - News Editor
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.