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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?
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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.

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

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1318 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-12- 2 (Update: 2018-12- 2)