25 January 2019
Motorola has filed a patent for a phone with a foldable display which could be the successor to the Moto Razr phone. The patent was posted by the US Trademark Patent Office and has a title of ‘Electronic device with hinge and corresponding systems and methods.’
The patent illustrations show that the phone will have a clamshell design, which is expected since the company is known for iconic flip-phones like the Motorola RAZR.
The pictures show Motorola’s approach to one of the biggest issues with this design, where a part of the display folds when the device is closed. To keep the display intact, the phone will need enough room to bend at small radius. The image shows that the display forms a loop and goes into the designated “bending area” under it. The image also shows a single rear camera on the phone with a fingerprint sensor below it. The design language is quite similar to the older Motorola phones.
Last year, Motorola’s CEO Yang Yuanqing had stated in an answer related to a question regarding the RAZR phone, “With the new technology, especially folding screens, I think you will see more and more innovation in our smartphone design.” He had added that, “So hopefully what you just described [the Motorola RAZR brand] will be developed or released very soon.” With the new patent, Motorola is combining the latest technology with its most stylish phone.