At the recent Tech World conference held in the city of San Francisco in California, not only did Lenovo unveil new Phab2 devices (the Phab2 Pro, the Phab2, and the Phab2 Plus) and new Motorola flagship devices (the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force), the Chinese tech giant also took the opportunity to reveal that it is busy exploring technology that would allow it to manufacture smartphones that come with bendable screens and can be worn around users’ wrists, like those nifty slap bracelets.
Lenovo was wise enough to have Meghan McCarthy, the screenwriter and producer of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, to actually demonstrate the bendable smartphone (the Cplus), while posing as one of the audience. What McCarthy did was take the Cplus (with active display screen) and slapped it to her wrist. With a clear snap, the device wrapped itself around the lady’s wrist. The display screen then shifts into three sections, with the top showing time, notifications, and weather info, the middle showing media player controls, and the bottom showing an app launching tool.
On top of that, McCarthy showed off the Folio folding tablet device (with cat graphics on the screen, because why not) whom she folded in half, and then mimed using the handset to make a phone call. For those wondering what happens to the other half of the folded screen, it actually goes blank.
Peter Hortensius, the chief technical officer of Lenovo, offered some bits of information about the Chinese mobile manufacturer’s quest to make push bendable and foldable mobile devices into the mainstream, but other than that, no specific details has been made public yet. Still, it should send tech enthusiasts into speculative overdrive -- first and foremost, how does the bendable smartphone work? Other than the flexible display screen, how do you get away with a battery or a motherboard that also folds and unfolds at whim?
The idea of smartphones that bend and fold are actually not that new. As a matter of fact, over three years ago, Samsung revealed a bendable prototype, but actually getting a product that will sell in the market has proven to be a far more tricky feat to achieve. Sure, we have had smartphones that have curved display screens and even those that bend a little, but manufacturing a fully bendable and foldable handset comes with loads of complications. Obviously, if you make a mobile device that bends easily, you might have to compromise with its structural integrity somewhere. Still, what Lenovo has done is a notable first step, and for sure, things can only improve from here on, which means that a few years from now, wristmartphones just might become the new thing.
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