After a taste of the various brain holes in the phone design, OPPO recently approved a bold design for an innovative smartphone, foldable tablet. The design concept is a bit like the Asus’s PadFone, which also plugs the phone into a large-screen slot to use as a tablet, but with a collapsible screen, it feels refreshing.
The patent was filed with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) in April 2019 and approved on 31 October 2019. This “mobile device” design patent outlines a special accessory for smartphones – a tablet with a foldable flexible screen.
As described in the patent summary, consumers increasingly need lightweight large screens. To meet this demand, OPPO has designed a mobile terminal that can be used as a large foldable tablet with touch control, making it ideal for watching Netflix movies or playing games.
Oppo’s collapsible tablet has a flexible screen and hinges, allowing the device to be fully folded. When folded, the display is outside. The accompanying sketch shows a very large display, almost the size of a laptop. You can also use half the screen after folding.
On the back of the big screen, there is a groove in the smartphone that allows the user to insert the phone into the core that acts as a tablet. The desktop mode of the smartphone can be enabled on the large screen, with the same features and applications as the current phone.
According to the patent, the OPPO foldable device has its own processor and battery, so it doesn’t need to consume the phone’s battery to power the flexible screen. If your smartphone supports wireless charging in reverse, it can also power a folding tablet.
In addition, this collapsible Oppo tablet has Bluetooth, WiFi and NFC. As noted in the description, even camera and music player modules may be integrated. By the way, if you plug in your smartphone, it’s unclear whether you can also use the device in a fully collapsed position. As you can imagine, if you lock a smartphone, it will soon generate too much heat. There does not appear to be a cooling system. The patent does not mention the specification configuration of the phone and tablet, nor does it know the screen resolution, whether 5G is supported, and so on.
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