LG Has Just Patented A Transparent Phone That Can Also Be Folded
The Korean company has been granted a patent for a transparent foldable smartphone in the United States.
We have just recently seen the rise of foldable smartphones from companies like Samsung and Huawei. The foldable smartphone looks rather futuristic and may prove to be invaluable, but right now, it costs a bit too much. Since we seem to be entering a new era of foldable devices, expect to see more foldable smartphones hitting store shelves sooner rather than later. And to take it one step further, LG has just received patent approvalfor a foldable smartphone that is also transparent!
There are a few enthusiasts who have been expecting devices with transparent displays as we have seen LG showing off their transparent and flexible OLED devices at CES 2019.
The new patent, tilted 'Mobile Terminal' was filed at the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) more than three years ago but has finally been approved now. As seen in the images, the display is truly transparent and the claim is not hyperbole. Once the smartphone is folded, there is a display strip that is visible andwill show notifications on the device.
But, a device with a transparent display and touch capabilities on both sides raises many questions. Is the angle sensor going to provide a smooth experience as we switch screens? We also need to know if the transparency is going to be affected as people are going to be holding and touching their phones constantly while using the foldable device.
The smartphone can also be used from both sides’ i.e front and rear. The transparency of the device changes according to the angle. This seems a little complicated but once the device hits the market, we’ll figure out how it works.
Apart from the hardware features, the device will also need to add software that functions smoothlyin conjunction with the guts of the smartphone. As LG has successfully launched devices with transparent displays, we can expect this transition to be seamless.
What problems do you think LG will need to address before this device hits the market?Let us know your opinions in the comments below. Also,you can find out more about LG’s device, here.