LG is expected to introduce its next dual-screen phone on September 6th.
Unlike a folding phonelike the Samsung Galaxy Fold Foldable Phone, the dual-screen phone employs a second dedicated screen that can be added or detached at any time.
But LG also appears to be working hard on a foldable phone; a couple of patent applications published this month seem to show what type of design the manufacturer is looking at for its foldable handset.
One patent filing that we told you about earlier this month revealed a phone that folds not once, but twice. When the device is folded, a gap is created that can house an accompanying stylus.
Another LG patent application published last week by the World Intellectual Property Organization (via LetsGo Digital) shows another take on the foldable smartphone. When the handset is opened up, it reveals a larger display, twice the size of a regular smartphone screen.
And there is another screen that folds out to form an even wider screen. Simply think of a Galaxy Fold unit that opens up to reveal a third screen that can open out. This additional display is half as big as the internal screen.
The side bezels are thin and there is a small visible border between the internal screen and the additional display, which also doubles as an external cover screen. This allows the user to have a full-sized screen on the outside of the device instead of the small display found on the outside of the Galaxy Fold.
LG has already trademarked some names for its foldable phone
The patent shows that the phone will have a dual-camera setup on the back and it is expected that the selfie snapper and the fingerprint reader will both be underneath the display. Also missing is a 3.5mm headphone jack and a charging port; this means that the handset will only charge wirelessly.
Images from LG’s patent application
LG has already trademarked several names related to a foldable phone such as LG Bendi, Foldi, Folds and Duplex.
But it doesn’t appear that we will see anything in the foldable segment of the smartphone market from LG until next year at the earliest. Last year, the Royale FlexPai became the first foldable to be launched, and the Samsung Galaxy Fold Foldable Phone was scheduled to be the first foldable from a major manufacturer upon its scheduled release on April 25th.
But just days before the phone was to be released, Samsung delayed the launch; influencers peeled off the protective film on their review units damaging the large internal display. In addition, dirt and debris entered into the device through an opening in the hinge on at least one unit, causing the screen to bulge.
And other review units just stopped working. More