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Sony Foldable Xperia Smartphone
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Another day, another patent filing for something interesting, and this time, it’s from Sony, not Samsung. This patent for a flexible display with embedded sensors was filed on March 4, 2019 and published on June 27, 2019. This flexible display sports at least three sensors; a pressure sensor, temperature sensor and an acceleration sensor. A photo sensor and a resistance sensor can be added later by the user should the Xperia smartphone boast a modular design. Read more for the patent and another picture.

Samsung Galaxy S11 Leak Expandable Display
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Samsung Electronics filed a new patent in late 2018 for a “Galaxy smartphone with expandable display” at the KIPO (Korean Intellectual Property Office), and after many months, it was finally published on June 24, 2019. In this patent filing, there are fourteen sketches where a Galaxy-like smartphone can be seen, but unlike its predecessors, this edge-to-edge display can extend the width of the phone, after which the screen surface increases around 50%. Read more to see the patents, for additional pictures and information.

Aina Ring Smartphone Finger
What if you could have the functionality of a smartphone and / or smartwatch on your finger? Meet the Aina Ring. This AI-powered wearable can let you control your smart home, book an Uber and even unlock your car, thanks to a combination of dual noise cancelling microphones, an OLED edge display, along with an innovative gesture-based system. The device works through swiping on touch sensitive areas built into the ring itself capable of recognizing four distinct swipe gestures in four different directions. Those swipes are detected by touch and motion sensors with the onboard software for extreme accuracy. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Official Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Photo credit: Ishan Agarwal
Samsung is set to reveal the Galaxy Note 10 at a press event on August 7th, but today, the company accidentally leaked official images of the device at a presentation in Seoul, South Korea. Since attendees were forbidden to capture photos of the presentation, Samsung representative would not confirm that the handset you see pictured above is actually the production Galaxy Note 10. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Microsoft Xbox Controllers Smartphones
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Project xCloud aims to bring console quality gaming to phones and tqblets, but let’s face it, using a touchscreen controls just won’t cut it, especially for FPS games. Sure, there’s systems like AdaptControl which can adapt to the ‘drift’ typically occurring when using virtual on-screen controls, but touch-based emulation of traditional gaming controls like D-pads, buttons and joysticks aren’t responsive enough. So, Microsoft has been working on prototype Xbox mobile controllers for smartphones that attach to each end. Read more for additional pictures and information.

IBM Patent Smartwatch Tablet Computer
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IBM’s latest patent reveals an electronic device with a flexible display, but not just any smartwatch. This one is reported to have a multi-fold display that would enable you to also use it as a smartphone and tablet computer. That’s right, the patent is for a “variable display size for an electronic display device” and in its most compact form, looks like any other smartwatch. Need some more screen real estate? There’s seven auxiliary screen panels stored beneath the main screen, all of which can be taken out of the housing independently. Read more for additional pictures and information.

OnePlus One Mobile Phone Explodes
Photo credit: Chaiti Narula
It’s not unusual for modern smartphones to catch fire or even explode, but this is the first OnePlus One device we’ve heard of allegedly exploding even while switched off. This device mysteriously caught fire at night and according to the owner, it just started flaming spontaneously and releasing “nauseating fumes”. The owner even contacted OnePlus and Amazon India for a solution to the incident, pointing out that an air conditioner was also maintaining room temperature at a comfortable 19° C. Read more for another picture and additional information.

Samsung Smartphone Expandable Display

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Samsung’s rollable display made its debut a few years back, but on June 11, 2019, a patent titled “Display Device” was published in the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) database. This patent consists of 27 sketches and an extensive documentation of a mobile device with a retractable display, complete with a rolling mechanism that expands at the push of a button. Read more to see the patent, additional pictures and information.

Google Foldable Smartphone Pages
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Late last year, Google filed a patent with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) for a ‘foldable display device with multiple pages’. Simply put, it’s described as basically a folding smartphone with multiple displays acting as pages that open like a book. From what we can see in the patent drawings, there’s a flexible display on one side of the device, while inside, several flexible OLED displays are held together by a spine of sorts, which may hide the main components, like the CPU, battery, memory, processor, etc. Read more for the patent drawing and additional information.

Google Pixel 4 Mini
Photo credit: Jonas Daehnert
Industrial designer Jonas Daehnert is a fan of the Google Pixel smartphone line, but wanted something a little more pocket-friendly. So, he came up with the Google Pixel 4 Mini, a device that easily fits in the palm of your hand, and is roughly half as large as the Google Pixel 3 XL. Featuring a 4.5 inch display, it’s just large enough to use as a smartphone, without sacrificing functionality. Read more for additional pictures and information.