Taking on Samsung, the South Korean rival LG has now hinted that it will be launching a foldable smartphone, according reports by the media.
The smartphone manufacturer has applied for three brand name registrations â€” Flex, Foldi and Duplex â€” at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
â€œAll three applications are categorised in Class 9 that includes smartphones, so itâ€™s a pretty safe bet that LG is claiming these names for any future devices it makes, foldable or otherwise,â€ Engadget reported.
However, it was not clear if the names would be used for a smartphone or any other device. â€œThe first two, â€˜Flexâ€™ and â€˜Foldiâ€™, are pretty straightforward and in sync withÂ Samsungâ€™s Galaxy FÂ and Huaweiâ€™s Flexi/Flex trademarks.
â€˜Duplexâ€™, on the other hand, is an interesting choice by LG, especially considering that Google is using the word for its AI call-making feature that just started rolling out to users. However, thatâ€™s just the name for the underlying technology and Google is marketing it as Call Screen in the Google Pixel Phones.
It remains to be seen how far developed LGâ€™s foldable screen technology is. Thereâ€™s no word yet on when the LG pone will be launched. Samsung aims to launch its first foldable smartphone in March next year, along with a fifth-generation (5G) network-poweredÂ Galaxy S10.
The South Korean tech giant plans to unveil the flagship Galaxy S10 smartphone in February, followed byÂ the foldable Galaxy Â and another edition of the Galaxy S10 that runs on the 5G network in March.