04 March 2021
The foldable smartphone market is very new which is the reason we keep seeing companies explore different ways to deliver an optimal user experience. Vivo is a Chinese smartphone interested in entering the market and has filed a patent application that talks about a different approach to the folding mechanism. This new Vivo patent is about a smartphone that folds from the bottom.
The patent application has been submitted to the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA). The design shows a phone with full-display all-along without any fold in the center. This is opposite to most of the foldable devices available as they usually fold from the center. Instead, Vivo's approach shows a small portion of the display folding towards the bottom.
This way, this foldable device will look like a traditional smartphone when in a folded state. Once the bottom part of the phone is unfolded, it extends the overall display size. The exact size is unknown but it is reported that the extra display will increase the overall size by about 25%. This should result in a significant display size increase.
The back panel is shown housing a total of five cameras including a periscope camera sensor. These cameras are arranged in the shape of an "X" inside a square-shaped box. This is a unique-looking camera module that will also help the phone stand out from the competition.
It should be noted that this is only a patent application for the moment. It is hard to say when and if Vivo will actually release the smartphone with such a folding approach. We will have to wait and see if this design materializes into something real.