- Oppo has filed four patents to show off its foldable phone designs.
- Only of these four designs will be finalised if Oppo decides to make the device.
- One of the designs show a device with an under-display camera.
Oppo has not yet launched its foldable smartphone but the plan to launch that might still be on. The Chinese company has filed four different patents that show off an interesting design of what could be Oppo's next foldable phone. The smartphone, as seen in these patents, could fold not one or two but four times, forming into a block when folded for the final time. The existing foldable smartphones from Samsung and Motorola are able to fold once from the middle -- either vertically or horizontally. Oppo is taking a different approach to this mechanism that is more like how you fold a paper.
The patents were filed by Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Pvt. Ltd. with the Japan Patent Office (JPO) back in May. But these were approved by the body and published on the website on November 2, which is when Oppo's tentative plans came to light. The design is uniquely interesting but there is another aspect that these patents have confirmed. Oppo might pack an under-display camera on this device because there is none to be seen in images from one of the patents.
The images from one of the patents show there will be two hinges on the phone that are discernibly taller than most smartphones there are in the market. The phone has a chunky bottom featuring a dual-camera setup and an LED flash. This device folds inwards, which also means that the rear surface is blank because that would be a part of the folded portions. Since there are two hinges, the smartphone can be folded either in half or full.
Another patent shows the device having two hinges but six blocks. But there is a triple camera setup on the rear surface of the device along with the LED flash. This is opposite the setup that the aforementioned patent suggested. Moreover, the patent shows the device can fold both inwards and outwards -- the top portion folds inwards and the bottom part outwards. When folded ultimately, the Oppo device will turn into a block.
There are two more patents filed by Oppo. One of them shows two hinges and eight blocks, along with triple cameras. This one folds inwards only. Another patent shows the design wherein the Oppo device has the same two hinges and eight blocks but without a visible camera. This model is expected to have an under-display camera. This device will fold both ways, according to the patent.