In the past week, we have seen a flood of upcoming foldable phone announcements from Samsung, Huawei, and others. One of the biggest names in smartphones, Motorola, also has plans for such a device, and it may be coming sooner than you might think.
Engadget spoke to Motorola VP of Global Product Dan Dery at MWC 2019 this week. He confirmed that the company has been working on flexible and foldable phone products for some time and added that Motorola has “no intention of coming later than everybody else in the market.”
That would mean Motorola is targeting a release for its foldable phone in the very near future, considering that Samsung plans to release its Galaxy Fold smartphone on April 26. The Wall Street Journal previously reported that such a phone, which it said would have the company’s RAZR brand name, could be released in February, but that time frame is now looking like it’s inaccurate.
While not confirming what the design of its foldable phone would be like, Dery did state to Engadget that its device is not intended to feature a display on the outside, due to issues with scratching. That would seem to jibe with recently-discovered patent filings by Motorola, which depict a smartphone that has a large and tall display that folds up in half, in a design that’s similar to Motorola’s classic RAZR flip phone.
Dery also stated that Motorola is looking into possibly creating a dual-hinge foldable smartphone. This kind of design would have a big screen that has folds on the left and right side, leaving a screen that’s only one third the size of the main device to be used as a smartphone. In fact, Dery claimed to Engadget that “two very famous” unnamed companies are already working on dual-hinge devices.