In recent times, foldable smartphones have become increasingly more popular. More and more OEMs are launching their own iterations of the new breed of smartphones and it seems like HP is planning on launching one of its own as well.
According to a LetsGoDigital report, the American brand is also looking to launch a foldable smartphone, with a clamshell design. Hewlett Packard is a known maker of laptops, tablets, printers, and other electronic gadgets. However, the last smartphone the company ever released was the HP Elite X3 back in 2016. This was a Windows smartphone that had easy connectivity to external monitors, keyboards for a full desktop experience. So it arrives as a surprise that the company is diving back into the smartphone market.
The company filed a patent with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office), which was approved last month. The patent describes a smartphone with a flexible display that bends vertically in a clamshell format, similar to the Motorola Razr 2019. LetsGoDigital also provided 3D renders based on the patent sketches to help in better visualizing the device from HP.
Notably, the patent also details the folding structure and the technology behind it. HP placed an emphasis on the hinge and the layer on top of the OLED panel. Unfortunately, it is known if the company is actually working on such a device or whether it is just covering all bases. We will have to wait for an official announcement to know for sure.
Smartphone, Clamshell design
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