Google has submitted a patent to the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) that describes two OLED foldable display designs. The first is capable of folding like a clamshell similar to how the flip phones of yesteryear folded inwards.
The second design shows a display that is able to fold in a Z shape due to its ability to bend in two places.
Google also isn’t the only company to recently submit a foldable display patent.
China-based company ZTE has also filed a foldable smartphone patent to the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA). There isn’t a lot of information included in the patent, but the device’s design seems very similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Fold.
This ZTE patent shows off a smartphone that features a rear-facing fingerprint scanner with a dual camera setup on the rear.
It’s important to note that just because a company has submitted a patent it doesn’t mean a product will ever come to fruition.