Oppo is working on a foldable clamshell smartphone similar to the Galaxy Z Flip

Oppo is currently working on a foldable clamshell smartphone with a design reminiscent of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip. A recently filed patent shows how the central hinge works that allows the slab to bend. Like Samsung, the Chinese firm has imagined a hinge that can be locked in several positions.

oppo foldable smartphone

On September 3, 2020, the World Intellectual Property Organization published a patent showing a foldable clamshell smartphone designed by Oppo. The patent was filed during the month of February 2020. Based on the diagrams published by the organization, our colleagues from LetsGoDigital have designed realistic 3D renderings showing the design of the smartphone.

Very similar to the Z Flip or the Motorola Razr, the smartphone is built arounda screen that folds vertically. The foldable slab is marked with a punch intended to hide the front camera for selfies. On the back, we see a triple photo sensor aligned horizontally.

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Oppo patents a Galaxy Z Flip fashion flex

The 41 pages of the patent describe in detail how the “Central rotating gear hinge” folds. Like Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip, Oppo’s clamshell smartphone relies on a hinge that can lock the screen in multiple positions. According to Oppo, the screen can be locked at an angle of 30 degrees, 60 degrees, 90 degrees, and 120 degrees. This system recalls the flex mode of the Galaxy Z Flip. This option allows in particular to facilitate video calls by using the bottom of the screen as a support. No need to hold the smartphone at arm’s length in front of you for the duration of the call.

It’s not the first time that Oppo has patented a foldable smartphone design with the World Intellectual Property Organization. In June of last year, Oppo patented a foldable smartphone with a retractable dual photo sensor. In early 2019, the Chinese manufacturer even unveiled a working prototype of a foldable smartphone very inspired by Huawei’s Mate X.

Despite these multiple creations, Oppo says foldable smartphones are not a priority. The vice-president of the brand says he has not found any use for this form factor because the technology is not yet mature enough. Moreover, note that there is nothing to indicate that Oppo really plans to exploit the technologies described in the patent. It is not uncommon for trademarks to file patents solely for prevent competition from developing similar ideas. We’ll tell you more as soon as possible. While waiting for more information, feel free to give your opinion in the comments below.

oppo foldable smartphone copy

oppo foldable smartphone copy

Source: LetsGoDigital