A patent filed by OnePlus reveals the company’s plans for a foldable phone

A patent filed by OnePlus reveals the company's plans for a foldable phone

The patent shows a OnePlus folding phone with three folding portions divided by two hinges instead of one. The thickest part revolves around the bigger hinge, possibly housing the battery and other vital internals. The phone may be used as a standard glass sandwich after the main piece is stowed away. Two thinned hinges are supported by the second hinge.

OnePlus may be the newest major player to enter the foldable phone market. According to a patent discovered by LetsGoDigital, the business is planning a one-of-a-kind smartphone that stands out from the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Huawei Mate X2.

OnePlus’ design also has some practical benefits too. The phone can prop itself up by folding its screens to form a triangle. To prevent the hinges from slumping in their various configs, OnePlus employs magnets activated by a mechanical slider.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen a dual-hinged foldable. TCL unveiled a concept back in 2019 which folded and unfolded in the shape of a Z. Samsung Display unveiled its idea for a multiple folding screen earlier this year. While the form factor seemingly allows manufacturers to cram even bigger displays onto pocket-sized foldable phones, the additional hinge introduces another point of failure. The complexity of triple-folding phones may result in even higher list prices at a time when traditional foldables are already considered too expensive.

Of course, this is merely a patent filed by OnePlus and patents don’t necessarily guarantee consumer products. This may simply be OnePlus’ bid to reserve its portion of this niche. But don’t rule out the company’s foldable plans just yet, especially as rumors of its BBK siblings’ foldable projects gain steam.

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