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LG patents an expanding phone with a folding display

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This year we’ve been seeing a lot of foldable phone concepts get thrown around. Samsung and Huawei are leading the pack, with Motorola close behind. LG had a novel concept earlier this year with the LG G8X ThinQ, a device that used a second display simulate a folding phone. Now however it seems like LG wants to join the race proper.

LG’s patent takes a markedly different approach to the whole folding phone concept in that the phone itself doesn’t seem to fold. Instead the company has made what is essentially a phone with an expandable display. The phone looks generally like a standard smartphone, but the display can be extended to both sides, making the display wider. The aspect ratio makes it seem a lot more like an e-reader than a smartphone.

While it’s a very interesting concept, it’s clearly still very early in development. We can assume the extra display tucks into the sides of the housing, but it’s not clear where the cameras, sensors or other essential parts of the smartphone would go on the device. On top of that, we’ve no idea where they would supply parts for such a device.

It’s really quite exciting to see all the possibilities that come with the arrival of flexible displays. We’ve already seen three completely different takes with the Galaxy Fold, Huawei Mate X and Motorola Razr. Now it seems even LG has a completely different take, and it’ll be quite exciting to see how it turns out. We’re hoping to see a prototype at CES, especially considering how the device has allegedly been in the works for quite a while now.

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