ZTE Files Patent For Foldable Phone
ZTE is a Chinese company that manufactures smartphones and telecommunication equipment. The company has filed a patent for a smartphone with a foldable style display. The smartphone in the patent unfolds into a large screen tablet. The patent clearly explains how the folding hinge of the smartphone will operate.
The ZTE device in the patent serves the functionality of both a smartphone and a tablet. The front of the ZTE device has a high-screen-to-body ratio display with thin bezels on the left and right side. However, the top and bottom bezels are quite prominent. The top bezel of the smartphone houses the earpiece speaker, front-facing camera and an additional hole which will most likely house the ambient light sensor. The top and bottom sides of the smartphone also have two lines for the antenna bands. The right side of the ZTE device houses the power button and the volume rockers
The rear of the ZTE device has dual rear cameras along with LED flash and a fingerprint sensor for securely unlocking the device. The bottom of the smartphone has a microphone pinhole, USB Type-C slot and bottom firing speakers. Additionally, the top of the device also has the speaker grille. The ZTE device has a curved hinge which seems to have circular magnetic strips. Most notably, the hinge on the device when unfolded lays completely flat on a surface. The device when unfolded transforms into a tablet which will allow the users to enjoy video content on a larger screen.
ZTE has not announced the launch date of this device. But, the sheer number of details suggest that the company is working on something serious. The company might showcase such a device at the upcoming MWC 2019 which is scheduled for 25-29 February.