LG patents foldable phone with a transparent display

LG recently launched the LG V40 in India, after making it globally available earlier. Soon after that, at MWC 2019, they launched the LG G8 ThinQ, and the LG G8s ThinQ as well. Now, if recent reports are to be believed, the company is focusing on a truly innovative smartphone. It will be a foldable smartphone, sure. However, what will set it apart is the fact that it will be transparent as well.

LG patents foldable phone with a transparent display

LG has filed an application for a patent which indicates that the company is working on a foldable smartphone. Its one half will be just a transparent display while a small part of the other half will be an opaque section housing the internal components. The patent further indicates that the device will have a transparent flexible display whose transparency can be adjusted based on the angle between the two halves. The remaining half will be referred to as ‘transmissive region’. It will also have some transparent area and an opaque region that might be used to house the internal components.

Additionally, reports also suggest that there will also be a controller to adjust the transparency of the display. That said, it is unclear at this moment whether this controller is hardware or software based. What’s more, is that there will also be a sensor to identify when the device is in a folded or unfolded state. 

LG foldable phone with a transparent display availability

As of now, there has been no word as to when this patent could see the reality. Apparently, it was filed before the United States Patent and Trademark Office back in December 2015, and published on Tuesday, April 9. As always, stay tuned to Mr. Phone to stay on top of all the news in the smartphone world.


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