- Vivo has filed a patent for a tri-foldable smartphone
- Tri-foldable phones are expected to offer more screen space than existing foldable phones
- The concept renders of the device appeared
Vivo’s tri-foldable smartphone could be in the works. The company filed a patent for its design on June 29th, 2021, with USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office). The patent documents were released earlier this month and were published in the database of WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) recently.
Several well-known smartphone brands such as Xiaomi, OnePlus, and Huawei have filed a patent for a foldable phone with a tri-folding design. In 2019, TCL showcased a concept version of a tri-foldable smartphone. Compared to the currently available foldable phones such as Galaxy Z Fold 3, Xiaomi MIX Fold, and Huawei Mate X2, tri-fold allows companies to offer a larger screen space in a compact design.
Vivo’s tri-foldable smartphone concept renders
The patent documents reveal that Vivo’s tri-foldable design has a compact form factor like a regular smartphone. However, when it is unfolded completely, it offers a tablet-like screen space, which is three times larger than its compact form.
Lets Go Digital teamed up with graphic designer Parvez Khan, aka Technizo Concept to share the 3D concept renders of Vivo’s tri-foldable device based on its patent documents. One advantage of such a design is that it does not require a separate cover display. When the device is folded, the first display will appear on the front as a cover screen.
With the tri-folding design, an extra display part is available to provide users with larger screen space. Hence, it is likely Vivo’s tri-foldable device may offer a 16:9 aspect ratio like a laptop.
The patent documentation shows that Vivo’s tri-foldable device is equipped with a light-sensitive virtual keyboard. This could be made possible by means of an optical signal transceiver placed on its bottom side at the extreme left and right corners. The virtual keyboard will be displayed on the screen that lies flat on a surface. The patent files also reveal that the device has a rear-facing camera system, which is likely to include multiple cameras and an LED flash.
The documents show that the volume keys and power button are available on its left edge. Its bottom side has dual speakers, a USB port, and a 3.5mm jack.
While Vivo has filed a patent for a tri-foldable device’s design, it may not have any plans to launch such a device soon. Recent reports have claimed that the company is working on a foldable phone, which may debut with the Vivo NEX Fold moniker. It is speculated to feature an 8.2-inch screen.