As we entered this year, we got to see multiple smartphone makers launching their foldable smartphones. However, most of the phones were having basically the same form factor, i.e, folding in half either vertically or horizontally. It looks like ZTE is working on to break this trend with its trifold foldable smartphone design, which recently appeared in an official patent filing.
As per the report by PriceBaba, the patent was filed with the CNIPA, China’s national patent office that shows a device that folds outwards in thirds to form a tablet. On looking at the patent, it looks like when the device will be unfolded completely, one of the sides of the device will have a thick handle, just like we have already seen in the Huawei Mate X.
Well, in terms of the uniqueness of the design, we have already seen a similar trifold foldable smartphone design by ZTE’s rival TCL in October 2019. However, that was only a dummy model without a working display. However, ZTE’s patent shows an outward-folding device instead of the stack-folding design shown in TCL design.
The patent also doesn’t show any specs, ports, buttons, or cameras, so ZTE may not be gearing up to produce a device like this anytime soon. However, just like any other patent, there is no guarantee that the device will turn out to real in the future.
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