Motorola just announced its first foldable phone in the form of the new Motorola Razr, but the company is likely already looking into the possibility of a follow-up.
And, according to a patent spotted by Let’s Go Digital, the device may sport an impressive eight touch sensors on its sides.
Those sensors could be super helpful in using the phone on a day-to-day basis — and they would work differently depending on whether the phone is open or closed. For example, when it’s open, they could simply launch some of your most-used apps. When closed they could be used to trigger things like Google Assistant. According to Let’s Go Digital, the combination of touch sensors could enable a hefty 20 different functions and gestures.
The device wouldn’t be the first to offer touch sensors along the edges of the phone. HTC and Google have both released phones that can trigger Google Assistant when you squeeze the edges — though this feature isn’t nearly as advanced as the Razr’s touch sensors could be.
Of course, having eight touch sensors along the sides of the phones could introduce some issues. For example, it would presumably be easy to accidentally trigger the sensors simply by holding the phone. More