Folding smartphones - the leading trend for the neartime. Devices of this kind are already represented by Huawei (Mate X) and Samsung (Galaxy Fold) corporations, as well as the little-known Chinese company Rouyu Technology (FlexPai). In the foreseeable future, the company they can make a manufacturer from Japan Sharp.
At the beginning of this spring, the company's patent application for a folding device in the form of a vertical folding bed was approved. And her early prototype was already shown in the video.
According to the source, foldingSharp's smartphone was equipped with an AMOLED display with a diagonal of 6.18 inches and a resolution of Quad HD + (1440 x 3040 pixels). According to the manufacturer, the panel must withstand 300,000 foldings. So with the durability of new items should not be problems. For comparison, Samsung has officially announced a maximum of 200,000 flexings for its Galaxy Fold. The radius of curvature in the folded state at the screen is 3 mm, and therefore the gap is practically not visible, but whether its presence is appropriate in a commercial device is a big question. After all, users often put their smartphones in the pockets of trousers, and then inadvertently sit on them. In addition, the thickness of the body is unforgivably huge.
As calculated in Sharp, the demand for suchform factor should be decent. After all, it will surpass the current concepts of practicality and portability. The timing of the release of new items is still unknown. Experts believe that it will have to wait for 2 or 3 years, and during this time the Japanese will definitely bypass Motorola, Xiaomi and LG with their similar innovations.