There was a time phone manufacturers were more creative with phone designs. At the forefront of this era was the old smartphone king, Nokia. It wasn’t unusual to see a phone that could be bent, folded, or twisted into different forms. Now, we may be getting a modern take on one of these old designs from Vivo.
Do you remember the Nokia 5700 XpressMusic with its rotatable lower half that allowed you to turn the keyboard to the back so you can use the phones dedicated playback controls or to the side so you can point its side-mounted camera towards your subject while looking at the screen? Now imagine a modern phone with a full-screen display with a similar concept, and you have an idea what Vivo’s patented device looks like.
First reported by Twitter user @the_tech_guy, the patent diagram shows a phone with a full-screen design with a lower part that can be rotated 180°. Based on the diagram, the phone seems to be made up of two different screens – a larger portion and the rotatable lower portion.
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The diagrams show that the bottom screen can be used even when it is rotated to the back. In one of the images, we see a QWERTY keyboard on the screen and in another, we see that the user can scribble on the screen. Another use case we can think of is the screen displaying notifications or as a viewfinder for the rear cameras when you want to take a selfie.
The images also show the phone has a punch-hole in the upper-middle part of the display and also packs three rear cameras arranged horizontally. There is no visible fingerprint scanner which means it most likely has an in-display sensor.
The patent is not a confirmation that such a device is coming soon. Vivo may likely not be able to pull off the design now with the current technology standards and even if it can, it will have to take into consideration factors such as durability and cost of making it.
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