An interesting concept of smart phones which turns into a foldable tablet when it is opened was seen in the new patent application of Microsoft. Microsoft has filed a patent application that can give clues to the future of foldable smart phones. The device shown in the patent can be turned into a tablet by opening its hinges.
The device shared by MSPowerUser‘s has three different modes: “zero degrees” where the device is turned off, “180 degrees” when it is flat and “360 degrees when it is fully open.
It can be said that the 180 degree mode is a tablet-like device. However, it is not clear what function the device will have in other modes. Probably because the screen never appears at zero and it is covered with two hundred screens at 360 degrees.
A device with a screen on each side of your hand seems meaningless because half of the screen will look at your hand. However, Apple‘s new iPhone is said to come with a display on the back. Namely, smart phones with a screen on both sides can be the next big step in smartphone technology.
The patent is also reminiscent of a device seen in the 2009 dated Productivity Future Vision video. It is seen a device that is fully screen-divided into two separate devices in the video. The patented device probably does not have a feature like division, but the patent is a sign that Microsoft is thinking about this idea.