ZTE’s Foldable can be a Direct Competitor to the New Motorola V3
Like many other manufacturers, ZTE is also thinking about a foldable smartphone. A patent suggests that ZTE phone could be based on the classic folding cell phone.
According to a new ZTE patent caught by LetsGoDigital, the Chinese company would be designing a foldable smartphone more as we expect from Motorola – with its new Razr V3 – than we’ve seen in the Galaxy Fold and Mate X.
The document reveals that ZTE would be working on a mobile phone that has a traditional format – similar to the 2:1 device we see today when open, but when it is closed, it will hide virtually the entire screen inside.
This model would basically revive the flip phones of the past, a goal apparently shared with Motorola, if rumors about the devices of these two brands can be considered reliable.
We can imagine that ZTE would be planning this foldable mobile format simply because there is already a lot of competition in the model that opens and closes sideways. The Samsung device, as well as that of Huawei, may be considered a cellphone that turns into a tablet, while those of ZTE and Motorola merely close the screen to reduce the size of the device.
However, according to the Chinese patent, the foldable device would not completely hide the screen. A lower portion would be exposed even when closed, allowing the use of the cell phone without opening it.
The Dutch site LetsGoDigital currently not only reports on the patent sketches but has also created 3D render images. Even if they are of course based on the sketches, this does not guarantee for a long time that the part will actually be on the market. It is conceivable but absolutely and through the render images, we also get a much better impression of what ZTE could do there.
A curious detail is that the hinge creates two notches on the screen, perhaps complicating the use of the device. The Motorola model also leaked does not bring this kind of complication. The lower half of the ZTE smartphone is still taller than the top.
As it is only a patent, we cannot say when this device will actually be launched. It is even possible that the project changes completely until it reaches an end product.