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Get ready for a serious Throwback Thursday, friends -- the early-2000s flip phone looks like it's making its way back. On Wednesday, it was discovered that LG had filed a patent for a foldable phone design. The post Party like it's the early 2000s flip phones poised to make comeback in 2017 appeared first on Digital Trends .
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Image 1 of 15 Image 1 of 15 17 Jan, 2017 6:00pm Jonathan Burn The Mazda MX-5 Retractable Fastbacks foldable metal roof adds a touch of extra glamour and refinement to an already great car Since day one the MX-5 has always been a two-seat soft-top roadster. But that hasnt stopped Mazda playing around with different bodystyles, concepts and special editions. For the first time in 10 years, however, the Japanese manufacturer has now launched a brand-new coupe-cum-cabriolet derivative called the MX-5 RF. The RF refers to ‘ Retractable Fastback ’ – essentially an electrical folding hardtop. The idea to introduce the RF was in the plan from the very beginning, and with the previous-generation MX-5 Roadster Coupe accounting for 80 per cent of UK sales, it was a bit of a no brainer. The roof, unsurprisingly, is the RF’s party piece. In place it looks like a coupe, but 13 seconds of tin-top origami, you have a beautifully proportioned open-top sportscar.
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Microsoft has been awarded a patent for a mobile device with a flexible hinge structure, effectively allowing the handset to fold in half. Based on the drawings in the patent, it appears Microsoft is working on a dual-purpose device with the flexible hinge enabling the device to switch between a tablet and a Smartphone. The size of a display device has been found to be a major consideration by consumers regarding a choice of which mobile computing device to buy, whether to purchase multiple mobile computing devices, and so on, the patent, which was awarded last April, but published for the first time this month, reads. For example, a user may be forced to balance portability of a mobile computing device having a relatively small display device (e.g., a mobile phone) with increased viewability afforded by larger display devices included on relatively large mobile computing devices, e.
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As such when its folded it can be used like a conventional smartphone, albeit one with potentially no bezels, and when unfolded its more the size of a small tablet. Years in the making We should point out that there are thousands of patents and many of them never become more than a document, but this at least shows LGs possible vision for folding phones. While it may have only just been published, the patent was apparently filed 18 months ago suggesting LG could be well on the way to turning its concept into reality if it has been working on a folding phone since then. And this isnt the only evidence that LG could have a foldable handset on the way soon, as another recent rumor suggested that LG plans to produce 100,000 foldable devices towards the end of the year. With the foldable Samsung Galaxy X also rumored for a 2017 launch this could well be the year our folding fantasies become a reality. This isn't the first foldable device patent LG's filed
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In 2009, Microsoft enflamed the minds of consumers with Courier, a foldable phone/tablet concept that was eventually cancelled. Years later, a sort-of new patent implies Microsoft hasnt (or hadnt) totally given up on the idea. According to the new patent , which was approved on Tuesday, Microsoft envisions a mobile device with a continuous viewing area that extends across the foldable regionsimilar in spirit to the dual-screen Courier concept. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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PATENT filing appears to show Microsoft is also working on a foldable hybrid device, meaning the Surface Phone could be bendier than ever.
Techradar
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0 has arrived - though Google has promised two new Android Wear watches in the first few months of 2017. What we want to see We've covered what we expect to see, but there's plenty more that we want to see and the following five things top our list. A foldable phone It feels like we say this every year, but we’re going to keep saying it until it happens, and it actually might happen this year, as Samsung is rumored to be launching two foldable handsets in 2017, though not necessarily at MWC. There have been foldable concept and prototype phones popping up for years and with curved displays now a mainstream thing this is the obvious next step. If a commercially available folding phone launches at MWC it could easily be one of the highlights of the show. Long-lasting batteries This is the other thing we’re always wishing for, and while the occasional handset will come along that can stretch to two days of life, such phones are few and far between.
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Richard Goodwin 16/01/2017 - 8:41am Foldable Phones are coming, and Samsung and LG will be leading the chargeThe Samsung Galaxy X has been a huge talking point for the best part of 12 months now . The reason for this is simple: it is said to be Samsung’s first, truly flexible Android phone. And, no, I’m not just talking about the corners of the display; these handsets will flex and bend like paper – a feat of engineering considered impossible just two-to-three years ago. Imagine a passport-sized device that opens up, like a book, to reveal a larger internal display and you’re on the right page for what Samsung is apparently planning for Q3 2017. But it’s not just Samsung. LG is also said to be working on a similar device that it will bring to market during Q3/Q4 2017. Samsung is still apparently in the should we/shouldnt we phase with its handset.
Mashable
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Samsung's next flagship phone, the Galaxy S8 , will be arriving very soon. The pressure is on for the Korean electronics giant to deliver a flagship phone that not only improves on the specs of last year's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge , but also kicks the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus' butt. SEE ALSO: Samsung's foldable phone could transform into a 7-inch tablet Adding more features has always been Samsung's approach with new flagships, but as the company is no doubt aware after the Galaxy Note7 literally burned out, everyone will be watching closely to see what new safety measures it includes on the S8. What exactly can we expect from the S8? Here's what we're hearing from the rumor mill. Read more... More about Rumors , Smartphones , Android , Galaxy , and S8
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Commentary: These envelope-pushing phones will move everyone forward, but it may be years before they're fully embraced.
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Some time back, we posted about [Gavin]'s laser-cut/3D printed Dymaxion Globe if you haven't read about it yet, you should check it out. [noniq] loved the idea, and like a true hacker, built and shared an improved Foldable Dymaxion Globe . It can snap together to form an icosahedron globe, or it can be laid flat to form a map. Duct tape, stoppers and magnet holders Like the original, [noniq]'s version is laser cut and engraved, and uses some 3D printed parts. But it does away with the fasteners (that's 60 pairs of nuts and bolts), and instead uses neodymium magnets to make all the triangle pieces snap together to form the icosahedron globe. The hinges are simply some pieces of gaffer-tape. This design improvement creates a cleaner globe and also addresses some of the concerns posted in the comments of the earlier build . The design files are available for download on [noniq]'s blog you need to 3D print some magnet holders and stopper plates, and laser cut the 20 triangle tiles.
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Remember that handgun that folds up to look like a smartphone ? Belgian police have reportedly issued an alert for the transforming gun as the weapon inches closer to launching in the U.S. According to the Dernière Heure newspaper, Belgian police are concerned the Ideal Conceal Pistol will be illegally imported into Europe. From afar, the gun, when folded up, is difficult to distinguish from a typical smartphone. SEE ALSO: This handgun folds up to look just like a smartphone The double-barreled .380-caliber derringer, which can fire two bullets and has a laser sight, was originally slated to launch in 2016, but production issues delayed it until "early 2017." Read more... More about Weapons , Firearms , Ideal Conceal , Foldable , and Foldable Guns
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Yet another report says Samsung will introduce a phone that can fold out into a 7-inch tablet. The company has said it is working on such a device in the past, so it's just a matter of time.
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The phone will have a flexible display that folds open into a 7-inch tablet, according to a report from Korea.
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Update 1 : 2017/01/12 1:21am PST According to Business Korea, it's more likely that this foldable smartphone, currently dubbed "Galaxy X," will be unveiled in the first half of next year. Kolon Industries, a supplier for Bendable screens sound great in theory; they allow you to choose between two different form factors, on demand. We've seen them on quite a few concept devices over the years, but according to a recent report out of South Korea, Samsung may be the first to make them a reality. Read More [Update: 2018 release more likely] Samsung may reveal production-ready smartphones with foldable screens in Q3 2017 was written by the awesome team at Android Police .
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Update 1 : 2017/01/12 1:21am PST According to Business Korea, it's more likely that this foldable smartphone, currently dubbed "Galaxy X," will be unveiled in the first half of next year. Kolon Industries, a supplier for Bendable screens sound great in theory; they allow you to choose between two different form factors, on demand. We've seen them on quite a few concept devices over the years, but according to a recent report out of South Korea, Samsung may be the first to make them a reality. Read More [Update: A 2018 release is more likely] Samsung may reveal production-ready smartphones with foldable screens in Q3 2017 was written by the awesome team at Android Police .
Cnet
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Phone will have a flexible display that folds open into a 7-inch tablet, according to a report from Korea.