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Intel has an excellent idea for a foldable Surface Phone

Published Jan 28th, 2019 6:35PM EST
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Image: LetsGoDigital

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You may expect Intel to invent and produce various internal components to power the foldable smartphones and laptops of the near future, but the chipmaker isn’t known for launching its own hardware. That didn’t stop the company from coming up with a foldable smartphone of its own, which honestly doesn’t look too bad.

Samsung will soon unveil its Galaxy F foldable phone, which could hit stores as early as April, according to some reports. Huawei will also announce its 5G foldable smartphone, and it could also launch on the same month. And Xiaomi already demoed a foldable smartphone concept of its own that looks pretty fascinating..

And now you can see Intel’s concept in the images LetsGoDigital found in an Intel patent for a foldable device:

Image source: LetsGoDigital

The blog’s renders look even better, imagining a Windows 10-powered device able to operate in various modes, including smartphone, laptop, and tablet:

Image source: LetsGoDigital

The foldable smartphone has three display areas of equal size, with the sides folding behind the middle section. Unlike foldable smartphones made of two distinct screens, this Intel concept features a single display that folds around two hinges.

There’s no telling if any company that Intel works with will create such a device, and Intel may just show off such designs to partners to sell the chips that would sit behind the display. Nonetheless, the technology will soon allow device makers to create such devices, complete with flexible wraparound screens and stylus support.

Microsoft has already confirmed that it’s looking at new form factors for Windows devices, and we’ve seen plenty of evidence in recent months that the company wants to adapt Windows 10 to work on foldable devices. Even if Microsoft doesn’t end up launching a foldable Surface Phone of its own, other device makers out there are toying with foldable smartphones and laptops, so it’s only a matter of time until designs like the ones above hit stores.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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