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WIPO Grants the Patent Right to Motorola for a New Flip-folding Phone

Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf is a law graduate and freelance journalist with a keen interest in tech reporting.

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The American mobile company Motorola was one of the first mobile giants to release a foldable smartphone, the Moto Razr and its 5G version have been on the market for about a year and a half, and the release date for the follow-up model is still unknown.

However, reports have revealed today that the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has recently granted the patent right to Motorola for another folding phone that is tall and slender, like the Razr, but with a screen on the exterior, a foldable display that wraps around the phone Folds into a dual-screen gadget while not in use.

The patent suggests that the camera would be housed in a raised module on the top of the phone, and the hinge will utilize a new technique to reduce wrinkles and allow the phone to fold flush without gaps.

In addition, when it comes to the rear camera, it appears to be housed in a hump, which will most likely contain the camera as well as other necessary sensors.

The design also appears to reveal a concept in which a single camera module serves as both the front and rear cameras – when folded, it can take back shots and when unfurled, it can snap selfies.

The folding hinge also looks to have a U-shaped curvature and a gap between the fold’s pivots, similar to the Oppo Find N foldable phone that was just unveiled. With the latter, Oppo demonstrated a design in which the flexible display follows a more gradual curvature to prevent apparent folding creases over time.

Chen Jin, general manager of Lenovo Group’s mobile phone division in China, revealed that Motorola’s third-generation folding screen mobile phone is about to debut after the P50 Pocket was released in December last year.

The Motorola Razr 3 is packed with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 flagship engine, up to 12GB of memory, a hole-punch primary screen, and a 120Hz refresh rate, according to XDA.

The device is said to have a secondary screen that, like the Huawei P50 Pocket, can display notifications, caller details, and other information.

Motorola has so far used an inward folding display and the Android system to try to revive its famous Moto Razr look.

However, the latter was not a commercial success due to its lack of durability and high price. It’s unclear whether Motorola will ever release an outward folding smartphone, but the patent concept is intriguing.


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