OPPO files a utility patent for clamshell foldable smartphone hinge

Electronics companies around the world are looking to introduce foldable smartphones. So far, only four companies have managed to achieve this feat and they are Samsung, Huawei, Motorola, and Royole. On the other hand, the remaining popular smartphone makers have been applying for patents related to this tech for the past few quarters. One of those companies is OPPO and it has applied for one more.

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Chinese smartphone maker OPPO is known for its SuperVOOC fast charging technology and uniquely designed phones. But the company is yet to release a foldable smartphone. Anyway, it has been patenting design for such devices for a while now. Hence, we can expect the company to soon launch a commercial foldable smartphone.

That said, the new patent filed by Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) is a utility patent for hinge and not design like

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HTC Patent Reveals Its First Ever Foldable Smartphone Design

A couple of months back, HTC made its comeback to the high-end smartphone market by launching its first-ever 5G smartphone. The latest patent spotted by LetsGoDigital confirms that HTC is, after all, interested in the foldable smartphone segment.

The company filed the patent for the foldable display device on December 31, 2019. It was published by the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) on August 20, 2020. The company seems to have chosen the clamshell design for its debut foldable smartphone.

A new patent confirms HTC is working on a foldable smartphone

There are already foldable smartphones like Galaxy Z Flip and Moto Razr with the in-folding clamshell design. Interestingly, the HTC smartphone comes with an out-folding design. The currently used CPI (Colorless Polyimide) or UTG (Ultra-Thin Glass) protection for the foldables still doesn’t offer the same strength as the regular Corning Gorilla Glass.

Even Huawei reportedly opting for

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The world’s first foldable phone gets a next-gen model with 5G

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Screenshot by Sareena Dayaram/CNET

Chinese phone-maker Royole put itself on the map when it beat Samsung and Huawei to the punch in releasing the world’s first foldable phone last year. Never mind that it was a spectacular failure. This week the company launched a next-generation version of that phone, the Flexpai 2, during an online event streamed from the Chinese city of Shenzhen on Tuesday.

Royole’s latest foldable, which opens and shuts like a book, extends into a 7.8-inch screen when its outward-facing flexible screen is unfurled. It also has the newest Snapdragon 865 chipset, a 4,450-mAh battery and a quad-camera module. Its 5G capability has nine different bands covering regions including the US, Europe and China, according to Bill Liu, CEO of Royole. 

The Flexpai 2 has a 40% thinner and lighter

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Royole New Foldable Smartphone FlexPai 2 is at the Heart of 2020 Flexible Technology Strategy

FREMONT, Calif., Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Royole Corporation, a leading innovator and pioneer of next-generation, human-machine interface technologies and products such as fully flexible displays, fully flexible sensors, foldable smartphones and other smart devices, announces the global launch of the Royole FlexPai 2 smartphone. The successor to the world’s first smartphone with a fully flexible display, Royole FlexPai, FlexPai 2 has today been announced at the 2020 Royole Strategy and New Product Launch event and introduces upgrades in performance, design and user experience.

Utilizing Royole’s most advanced, third-generation Cicada Wing® fully flexible display, FlexPai 2 brings new possibilities for the human-machine interface and delivers the brightest, most color-rich screen of any foldable smartphone and with a response speed of just 0.4ms. Royole’s fully flexible display is extremely thin and light, like wings of the cicada, and is as smooth as a mirror. The display is super

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