Patent reveals that ZTE is working on a vertically foldable smartphone

With foldable phones getting all the attention recently, ZTE is keen to release its own, thus it does not want to be left out of the party. The company has filed in a patent for a phone that folds vertically similarly to Motorola’s supposed 2019 RAZR.

Another interesting thing about this is that the patent reveals that the device will fold inwards, but not in the middle as the upper half of the flexible screen appears shorter.

As seen from the filings, there is no physical cutout for a selfie camera so it remains to be seen how the company plans to implement that feature. There are two buttons on the right side, presumably for volume and power controls as well as a sim tray. On the back, we can see the camera setup, while the bottom features two symmetrical cutouts and what appears to be a USB-C port.

Foldable smartphone game is not new to ZTE as it pioneered the design with its Axon M back in October 2017. At that point the technology clearly wasn’t there yet though, which combined with the company’s temporary ban in the US led to the failure of that phone.

ZTE Axom M

In December 2018, ZTE published another patent showing a device similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Fold so it remains to be seen if the company will employ both designs or is just keeping its options open.


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