Leading smartphone manufacturers including Apple, Samsung, Huawei, and LG have besides smartphones also smartwatches in their portfolio.
This is different for Oppo. Although the Chinese smartphone manufacturer already had a smartwatch in development in 2015, it was never released. The reason for this is unknown, it is possible that the company wants to develop a smartwatch with a more distinctive character.
Last week LetsGoDigital reported on a special IBM smartwatch, which can be expanded into a tablet format display. It seems that Oppo has a similar idea. After some hours of hard work, LetsGoDigital discovered that Oppo was granted a patent for a foldable smartwatch last year.
Oppo smartwatch with a folding screen
Halfway through 2018, Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications filed a patent with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office). The patent entitled ‘Wearable electronic device’ was published in September 2018 and describes a smartwatch with a flexible screen.
The patented Oppo smartwatch has a regular watch strap and a rectangular-shaped screen. A special feature of this smartwatch is that the display module is foldable so that the user has a larger screen area within no time if desired.
Are you busy, for example with intensive training, then you can use the display in folded position? In its most compact form, the display is not or hardly wider than the watchband, which means that it cannot be an obstacle when the user is wearing the watch on his wrist. The display part that is not in use is automatically switched off in order to save on battery consumption.
If you need a larger screen, for example for watching a video? Then you can easily unfold the display module, after which the screen area is increased by 200%. You will have three times of screen space at your disposal. The user interfaces changes depending on the mobile device being used. This smartwatch has two modes; a folded and unfolded mode.
The screen is unfolded in the width, the height remains the same regardless of the folding position. The display folds open towards your back of the hand, making the entire screen easy to operate with your other hand. The Oppo foldable smartwatch also has a bracket where the display module is located, which provides extra strength when the screen is unfolded.
In the folded position the extra display part is stored in the watch case, under the main screen. The watch case has a recessed groove from which the screen can slide out. The folding process is fully automatic. More