3oogle is taking the folding phone concept to the extreme. It dreamed up a concept design reminiscent of a book with several pages, each of which is a flexible display.
In comparison, the folding models announced so far have been conservative. The troubled Samsung Galaxy Fold is a clamshell that closes down on its foldable screen. The Huawei Mate X —which is also delayed — wraps its flexible display around the outside of the device.
While different designs, both have just one bendable screen. Google filed a patent with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) for a device with as many as four. The concept looks much like a book, and the user could flip the “pages,” each of which is a separate display.
Google: If one is good then four is better
No one knows yet what the best design for a folding phone is. This one is certainly innovative, and would give users a great deal of screen space to work with.
It would also likely be quite thick. Plus, the screen is the most expensive component in a phone, sousing multiple ones would push up the cost dramatically.
Of course, this is just a concept not a product announcement. All that can be said is that Google might introduce something like this someday.
Mario Queiroz, the head of this company phone development, said “We’re definitely prototyping the technology” when asked about foldable phones in May. “I don’t think there’s a clear use case yet.” This multi-screen device is apparently one of the prototypes being considered.
Apple is also tinkering with the idea of a folding iPhone. It recently received a patent for a hinge design in a flexible handset, proving the the company is certainly exploring the concept. That night not happen until 2021, or after Corning works the problems out of flexible glass screens.