(Pocket-lint) OnePlus has considered making a foldable smartphone, at least according to a recently discovered patent.
The patent is foldable with three screens and two hinges that can be locked using a slider. The patent is believed to have been registered in China in 2020 and published in July 2021. It is now available in the global database of the World Intellectual Property Office, as first reported by LetsGoDigital.
To get a better idea of what the OnePlus tri-fold smartphone might look like if and when it will be launched, Parvez Khan, also known as Technizo Concept, has made a series of renders based on patent images. As you can see, the device can be folded in different ways for different use cases.
It could be as flat as a large tablet, for example. In its most compact form, the device resembles an ordinary telephone.
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It is believed that OnePlus may introduce its first foldable phone in 2022. But OnePlus has yet to confirm that it is making such a device – let alone one with three screens. Keep in mind that its competitors, including Samsung, Huawei, and Xiaomi, have all introduced foldable devices over the past few years, and they’re a top contender for foldable display technology. So, OnePlus has some catching up to do in this space.
Earlier this summer, OnePlus hinted that it was about to announce a foldable phone. But that turned out to be a joke. It was just trolling for Samsung.
Written by Maggie Tillman. Originally Posted in .