Oppo’s Smartphone Prototype Can Fold in Half

Foldable smartphone screens have been a dream since long before Polymer Vision launched, and it's still a dream after the startup folded.

Now Chinese smartphone maker Oppo is the latest to try to make it a reality. Oppo has just shown off what sources say is a prototype of an Android tablet with a 7" screen.

Oppo's Smartphone Prototype Can Fold in Half e-Reading Hardware

We don't have very many details about the prototype, but the original Chinese-language source says that Oppo has been working on it since last August.  They got the first model working in February, and now have one that boots Android.

There's just the one photo so far, and Liliputing also found a short video of the folding action at qq. That page is difficult to load, and it's really not worth the bother. It only shows a GIF-length video of the prototype unfolding and nothing about the device's functions.

Oppo isn't the only company working on this idea, but most of the interesting videos in this are coming out of PhD-oriented research labs or show off screens which clearly aren't ready for  prime time.

With all the flexible screens getting mounted on fixed curve smartphones like the Galaxy Round Curve or minimally flexible units like the LG G Flex before hitting the market, is this an idea which is waiting for the tech to catch up or one whose time will never come?

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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  1. […] screens are still for the most part science fiction these days with the latest work still in the prototype stage, but screen tech companies are working to make them a […]

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