The year 2019 will be remembered as the year of the folding smartphone: also LG joins Samsung, OPPO, and Huawei in the ranks of manufacturers willing to bring to market devices characterized by this new form factor. A new type of 2-in-1, which adds to the functionality of a traditional telephone the widest screen versatility typical of the tablet segment.
The South Korean group has filed in recent days the request for registration of some brands at EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office), referring to Class 9, the category of products that among other things includes smartphones.
The names shown in the document leave little room for interpretation: Flex, Foldi, and Duplex. It is not in any case to exclude the possibility that the company has chosen to protect itself so as to eventually be able to claim the paternity of the brand in the future. In other words, it is not said that we will witness the debut on the market of devices called in this way.
The first of the terms, Flex, has actually already been used for a couple of models launched in recent years, both characterized by the presence of what at the time was called a “curved and flexible display”: LG G Flex and LG G Flex 2.
Foldi could instead be the right name for a device equipped with the screen described by a patent filed by LG at the beginning of the year. The image attached below, extracted from the document, shows a concept with even three displays, able to take different configurations according to specific needs. Same speech for Duplex.
It remains to be seen what will be the first manufacturer to debut on the market with a smartphone of this type. From its LG can boast a long experience in the realization of the displays and this factor could prove of enormous importance to send on the shelves right away a quality product capable of turning out to be something more than a simple exercise in style, able to offer a real benefit to the user in terms of design and functionality. We will certainly know more within a few months, most likely already at the Mobile World Congress in February staged in Barcelona.
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