30 September 2019
The idea of foldable smartphones, in theory, is not something new but when it comes to the practical and real-world usage, 2019 is the year when we started to see developments. Samsung and Huawei are the two global brands with market-ready foldable phones and many others are working internally on their respective offerings. Sony appears to be one of those OEMs as suggested by a new patent spotted by LetsGoDigital.
This new Sony patent shows a foldable device with displays on the front as well as the back panel. The most interesting thing about this conceptual device is display panel embedded with sensors. It is said to have at least three sensors: pressure sensor, acceleration sensor, and temperature sensor. The device can further have two optional sensors called photo sensor and resistance sensor.
The main purpose of these sensors is reported to be able to detect how exactly a user is holding the device. It will allow the device's UI to adapt itself in a way that it enhances the user experience. It means it will be showing the content in the visible part of the display to ensure that nothing gets covered by the user's way of holding.
This is not the first time we have heard about a Sony foldable device. An earlier report claimed that a Sony foldable tablet is under development with an expected release in late 2019. It seems like we will be hearing about the company's foldable device plans more in the future.