Motorola will be bringing a phone with foldable display to market soon, senior manager Dan Dery has confirmed. The company’s vice-president of global product sat down with tech blog Engadget and provided more details about their plans.
“We started to work on foldables a long time ago and we have been doing a lot of iteration.”, Dery said. “Motorola has no intention of coming later than everybody else in the market”. Motorola says it will market a device that will fold inwards, thus protecting the display. “Our intention would not be to put the display outside. When you know the scratching issues you would be facing, you will have something that is very rapidly not usable. We have been testing a plastic OLED device with plastic film on top. The fact that you’re touching that with your nails is scratching it. It has a short life right away; it starts dying the day you unpack it. But it’s beautiful. That first day, it’s beautiful.”
Motorola was recently awarded a foldable phone patent showing their iconic Razr flip phone of the nineties, with a flexible screen and modern Android OS.
The design was filed last month and appears to show a device with a flexible screen that bends inwards, alongside a second smaller, static display on the outside.
The design bears a resemblance to the iconic Motorola phone, with the chin on the bottom of the device. In the mid-nineties, it was the slimmest handset on the market. One half of the device was a keypad, while the other half was the display. The device, which popularised the flip-phone form factor, may make its comeback with a foldable display soon.