A Nokia patent was unearthed by Phone Arena yesterday pertaining to a foldable device. The patent was granted to Nokia last September by the US Patent & Trademark Office. Nokia also submitted a flexible battery patent filing in 2013 and now “sources” are telling The Korea Herald things like, “The chances of Nokia entering the foldable smartphone race are high.”
Yet, the existence of the patents is not, itself, confirmation of future product release.
Like the aforementioned flexible battery, Nokia actually filed for the folding device patent (an image from which can be seen above) in 2013. This was before Finnish startup HMD Global launched and acquired the [...]
Samsung will announce a folding smartphone in Q3 2017, according to a report from The Korea Herald. Sources familiar with the matter told the Korean news site that Samsung is preparing 100,000 units of the device, which would also fold out to be used as a 7-inch tablet.
Samsung has been working on foldable smartphone displays for a number of years, with another display patent coming to light as recently as last week. Unlike many previous Samsung foldable phone concepts, however, the speculated device’s display would appear on the outside (as seen in the Lenovo prototype above) rather than the inside of the body.See also: Samsung is still working on that [...]