Foldable smartphones are all the rage these days. With the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Huawei’s Mate X coming into the picture, it’s easy for other smartphone manufacturers to be pressured into releasing a model of their own. One of those manufacturers is South Korean multinational electronics company, LG.
The company has already announced that they won’t be releasing a foldable smartphone anytime soon due to a weak demand. But according to today’s patent leaks, the South Korean brand may be aiming for a different feature.
Earlier today, there reports that LG is coming up with a stretchable device instead of a foldable display. The report was further set in stone thanks to a patent leak of what this potential device could look like. The patent shows that this device could have a back panel with several components instead of a single glass or aluminum slab that today’s devices usually come with.
In addition to the back panel, the patent shows a stretchable display that users can pull on in order to expand the display size. The expansion can be done on the upper, lower, and both sides of the display. The extra screen can then be pushed back to its original position, in order to decrease the size of the display.
If this proves to be real, it would be interesting to see LG come up with a device as complicated as this one. For one thing, they will have to provide several unique software features that are specific to the form factor of the expandable display.
For now, this potential device is just a patent. LG is reportedly not rushing to release a stretchable smartphone, especially without proper testing. But it is exciting to see the potential of future smartphones.
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