Lenovo submitted this patent back in March 2018 with the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office), and it was published on September 10. The patent was submitted for a “flexible electronic device”.
That very same patent was included in the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) global design database. Quite a few sketches were included as well, and you can check them out in the gallery down below.
Letsgodigital also included a couple of its own renders which are based on sketches from the previous design of this phone. That very same phone did surface before, with sharper edges, but Lenovo since updates its design.
Lenovo's foldable smartphone may include two hinges
What’s so interesting about this phone? Well, it comes with two hinges, believe it or not. This is a folding phone with a clamshell design. Considering it has two hinges, it can be folded in two different spots.
To make things even more interesting, not a single one of those two hinges is in the middle of the device. One is located right below the middle of the phone, while the other one sits towards closely below it.
This phone also includes a physical fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone. It is possible that Lenovo will update the design, though, and include an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Its bottom bezel is considerably thicker than the top one
The bottom bezel on the device seems to be considerably thicker than the top one. In any case, this phone will not have extremely thin bezels, that’s for sure, if it ever becomes a reality.
Those two hinges on the device may be quite useful. They will allow you to tilt the phone when it’s on the table, if needed. They will also allow the phone to show you notifications and other info at the top of the display when folded.
Lenovo will almost certainly include software for it, as the top part of the display remains visible even when the phone is folded. That leaves the company quite a few options for software features.
We do not know when or if this phone will become a reality, but it seems like Lenovo is working on it. This will be yet another different take on a foldable smartphone.
Samsung and Huawei already showed their foldable smartphones, while Xiaomi and Motorola are expected to do the same in the near future. Lenovo seems to be eager to do the same, but it remains to be seen when will that happen.