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OPPO foldable phone patent adds a popup camera to remove bezels

OPPO foldable phone patent adds a popup camera to remove bezels

Despite Samsung's blunder, the promise of foldable phones still has some appeal, depending on who you ask. There's still some debate on whether outies are better than innies, especially with future of Huawei's Mate X still in question. Its design, however, may be getting a show of support from OPPO but with a bit of a twist. The Chinese OEM's latest patent shows an outward-folding design that, unlike Huawei's is really almost all screen thanks to an elevating camera.

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Google patent shows it might jump on the foldable phone train

Google patent shows it might jump on the foldable phone train

Despite having become a smartphone maker itself, Google hasn't been one to quickly jump on trends. It still has one camera on the Pixel's back and when it did adopt the notch, it did so in a rather ridiculous manner. So it was quite surprising to find out that it had worked with Samsung to make Android more foldable-friendly. It turns out, it might also be thinking about foldable phones after all.

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Huawei patents phone with square second screen, zoom lens camera

Huawei patents phone with square second screen, zoom lens camera

Huawei is not one shrug off some of the more eccentric trends in smartphone design, although it mostly lets its Honor sub-brand do the experimenting. That doesn't mean, however, that it isn't playing with some ideas of its own. A recently published patent, for example, reveals a rather curious way to get rid of some, but not all, bezels and cutouts, using a second display that's just large enough for taking selfies and not much else.

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Samsung wireless TV could be the start of a new trend

Samsung wireless TV could be the start of a new trend

Once hulking boxes that sat on top of sturdy wooden or metal cabinets, TVs have become so slim that they could be hung on and disappear into walls. But while the super thin and bezel-less frames make them look like they're embedded into walls, the one thing that breaks the illusion are the wires and cables that dangle out of these modern TVs. Samsung might be toying with a solution to that problem and, no, it won't involve a not-so-invisible One Invisible Connection.

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Essential PH-2 could have in-screen camera, rear fingerprint scanner

Essential PH-2 could have in-screen camera, rear fingerprint scanner

Andy Rubin's Essential almost has an HTC and LG problem. Its first and so far only phone, the Essential PH-1, was easily a crowd favorite, especially thanks to its quick and regular software updates. Despite that, the phone's disappointing sales have caused the startup to almost give up on smartphones. Almost. Rumors about an Essential PH-2 abound and it could bring the world's first true in-display camera. Curiously, it might also take on step backward as well.

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Apple foldable iPhone patent bends both ways

Apple foldable iPhone patent bends both ways

Now that Samsung has finally announced the Galaxy Fold, including its April availability and whopping $2,000 price tag, others are sure to follow. We do have Huawei and Xiaomi ready to make a splash, not to mention Lenovo who has actually been teasing foldable prototypes for years now. Almost everyone is in, including, surprisingly, Apple. The company has patented quite a few ideas for its own foldable device, and this latest one that popped up just last week might be the oddest one yet.

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Apple Watch with flexible display strap teased in MicroLED patent

Apple Watch with flexible display strap teased in MicroLED patent

A future Apple Watch could have a display that stretches around the band, with a freshly-published Apple patent suggesting the Cupertino firm has been working on flexible screens and more. Filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in September last year, the patent describes a new display module design that could liberate the Apple Watch touchscreen from the body of the wearable, and allow it to extend into the strap.

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TCL patents a foldable phone that turns into a wristband

TCL patents a foldable phone that turns into a wristband

This is probably the year of the foldable smartphones, or at least the year that everyone starts talking about real products rather than just ideas. While Samsung and Huawei may be leading the pack, that's not to say others don't have their own say in the matter. TCL, a known brand when it comes to displays, smartphones, and TVs, has some ideas of its own and has, in fact, patented five of them in one swoop. Four of those designs may already look familiar and old to some, but the fifth is somewhat novel in that it wants to put your smartphone directly on your wrist.

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Samsung foldable phone patent is weird and might come next week

Samsung foldable phone patent is weird and might come next week

There are patents that we wish were made real and there are some patents we wish would never see the light of day. Samsung's newly-granted patent might fall somewhere in between. For better or worse, it might also be the foldable phone that Samsung will actually show off at its Unpacked event next week. Taking a page from ZTE's Axon M book, the patent shows a phone with two screens instead of one. The difference is that it can actually fold both ways.

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HomePods might someday have gesture, face recognition

HomePods might someday have gesture, face recognition

There's no denying that Apple was terribly late to the smart speaker market. Despite marketing it less as a smart speaker and more as a premium audio accessory with smarts, the HomePod has and always will be compared to the likes of the Amazon Echo and the Google Home. And while it might seem that Apple has put HomePod development on the back burner, a recently surfaced patent could give future generation smart speakers an edge over the competition when it comes to hand gestures, face recognition, and even simple visual feedback.

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Galaxy Note S Pen might have a camera inside for selfies

Galaxy Note S Pen might have a camera inside for selfies

How much can you squeeze inside a thin stick like the Galaxy Note 9’s S Pen? Well, there is a button, a supercapacitor acting as a battery, a Bluetooth radio, and a spring. If that sounds like a lot already, apparently Samsung thinks that isn’t enough. For its next S Pen trick, it may put a camera inside. Still not satisfied, it might even add optical zoom that is mostly absent in larger smartphones.

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Samsung foldable gaming phone patent is intriguing

Samsung foldable gaming phone patent is intriguing

Samsung is already set to launch its first foldable phone this year but why stop at just one? In typical Samsung fashion, it could have another one in mind. That’s at least based on a patent for yet another foldable phone that puts a small twist to the concept. In addition to folding the opposite way from what Samsung teased late last year, this foldable device seems to be earmarked for gaming, complete with gamepad controls that may actually be too small to be comfortable.

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