12 November 2019
Earlier this year, Oppo showcased a foldable smartphone device around the time MWC 2019 was held in Barcelona. It was a device that looked and worked similar to other mainstream foldable phones like the Huawei Mate X and Samsung Galaxy Fold. But as per a newly discovered patent application, Oppo has a different approach in mind when it comes to offering foldable devices.
Oppo has submitted a new patent application with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) that shows a foldable tablet with a smartphone dock. In other words, this conceptual device is essentially a tablet with a display that folds but also has a compartment for housing a smartphone. If you are still finding it difficult to understand, just think of the Asus PadFone series of devices that were a combination of a smartphone and a tablet.
The idea behind the device appears to be that you can use the smartphone like any other phone but whenever you feel like you need a bigger display, simply place it within the compartment on the back. The content on the phone's display will become visible through the tablet's bigger display. It can be helpful when you want to watch a movie/TV show or any video, play games, and even group video calls.
It is worth mentioning that Oppo will pack the foldable tablet with its own set of processor and battery. It means you will dock the phone, you will not have to worry about losing out on your phone's battery levels. And since it is a foldable tablet, it will be up to the user whether to use the full display panel or only half of it.
The most important thing to take note of here is that it is only a patent application. We regularly see tech companies filing patents for concepts that they think might become feasible to produce in reality in the future. This is the reason it is impossible to say exactly when or if ever we will see Oppo release such a product.