Sharp foldable smartphone with a unique hingeA patent from Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha shows that the company is really engaged in the background with the development of a foldable telephone. In 2017, the company already filed a design patent with the Global Design Database of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office). Not entirely surprising is it a folding phone design with an elongated flexible display. To get a better idea of the design, LetsGoDigital had a series of 3D renders designed based on the patent drawings. The screen of the Sharp foldable phone is very large. The screen edges are kept to a minimum, there is no notch, no hole in the display and no pop-up camera. What this will mean for the selfie camera is unknown. The Japanese are crazy about making selfies, so it is unlikely that Sharp chooses to omit the front camera as a whole. The process under the screen then? When you fold the smartphone, the display is on the inside. Sharp opts for a unique hinge that can bend at two points. So you can choose to close the device completely or only partially, leaving a portion of the screen usable. If you carry the foldable smartphone with you, you choose to fold the device as a whole, so that the display remains optimally protected against scratches and bumps. For example, if a message arrives, you can open the device a little and you can immediately see what the message is. On the back, we see a single camera and a flash. "Be Original" is Sharp's slogan. The Japanese manufacturer probably thinks, where other smartphone manufacturers choose two, three, four and even five cameras, Sharp takes it easy. With one high-quality camera, you can also shoot beautiful pictures. Furthermore, the Sharp foldable smartphone has a connection at the bottom to charge the mobile phone. A 3.5mm connection seems to be missing. However, there are three buttons on the left-hand side, the functions of which are not explained in more detail in the design patent.
Foldable telephones with a clamshell designAll foldable smartphones that have been introduced to date unfold into a tablet format display. The first folding telephones with a clamshell design will probably also be introduced in 2019. Think of the Motorola RAZR, but Apple and ZTE are probably also planning a similar design. Sharp probably won't feel the need to be the first to line up to present a foldable phone. Nevertheless, that does not mean that the Japanese manufacturer sees no future in this new trend. There is a good chance that the market for folding smartphones will continue to increase in the coming years, after which the mobile devices will also become cheaper. Possibly that is a good time for Sharp to get in. Since the company now also sells its devices in Europe, this may mean that in the future we can also buy a foldable Sharp phone in the Netherlands.
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