LG’s to Release a Foldable Phone w/o a Foldable Display
January 20, 2019
LGE has been known for trying outlandish smartphone designs to stick out in the competitive mobile marketplace. Last year’s G7 introduced an extra-loud, so-called Boom Box speaker that could blast music at high volumes, as well as some rather excellent vibration and haptic technology. The V40 packed in not three or four, but five cameras. Now, according to a report from CNET, the next LG device will come equipped with a second screen — but not because it will bend or fold like a next-gen Samsung device, or roll up like LG’s recently unveiled Signature OLED TV R. The second screen will be an optional attachment, like a case, that will be designed to extend the screen size of the device. It’s not clear how that would work or if it would be included in the box or sold as a separate accessory. But LG is expected to unveil its “dual-display foldable” phone next month at the annual Mobile World Congress expo in Barcelona.Amidst declining global smartphone shipments in the first half of this year, the competition for higher value-added foldable phones is getting fiercer.
LG’s foldable phone has a 7-inch display that folds open into a 10-inch display and has two displays that are joined together by a hinge. However, the thick hinge connecting the two displays failed to make it look like one display when unfolded. LG apparently, has done an exquisite job making the gap in-between the two displays look almost seamless for users. LG’s dual-display foldable phone will cost around 1 million won, similar to the company’s flagship smartphones.Samsung’s foldable phone is expected to be over 2 million won. LGE will also introduce a new user interface called “touchless input”, which allows users to touch or swipe the display without actually touching the screen. The sensor on the front recognizes user’s hand gestures from 20-30 centimeters away from the display. Users will be able to conveniently operate their smartphone in any posture. LG is planning to apply the interface to its existing lineup, such as G and V series, as well as its foldable phones. They showed the following chart expecting foldable phone shipments to grow from 3.2m in 2019 to 50.1m in 2022.