By now, it’s most likely safe to call 2019 as the year of collapsible smartphones. Mobile producers are trying hard to come up with the next big thing in the mobile space, and foldable phones might just be it. We’ve already seen Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, and others highlighting their collapsible smart devices, although some of them are still models. Signing up with the race of foldable phones now is ZTE. The Chinese smartphone maker appears to be working on a collapsible phone that looks comparable to Motorola Razr foldable phone principles.
ZTE has submitted a patent application for a mobile phone that can fold vertically, rather similar to Lenovo-owned Motorola’s idea of a foldable phone, likely to be released under the Razr brand name.
The patent shows the upcoming smartphone’s style and collapsible system. It appears that the phone will fold inwards, but not in the middle. The upper half of the flexible screen looks shorter.
Remarkably, ZTE’s patent does not show a selfie camera. There’s no cutout style for the front-facing video camera either. On the right-hand side, there are two physical buttons. At the back, there’s a double video camera setup and a hole for an LED flash. At the bottom, there are circular holes for speakers and/or the microphone in addition to a charging port.
The patent application was first spotted by LetsGoDigital, which has likewise published 3D renders of ZTE’s upcoming phone based upon the images available with the patent application. In case ZTE does pull this one off, the phone is most likely to compete with the much-anticipated Motorola Razr foldable phone.
Nevertheless, this isn’t the first time ZTE is attempting its luck at a collapsible smartphone. Back in October 2017, ZTE had actually introduced its Axon M, which was a foldable smart device (sort of) however the idea didn’t quite take off back then.
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