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Irrespective of the fate of the foldable technology, Lenovo will always be remembered as the first PC manufacturer to show-off their foldable PC. And if all goes as planned, 2020 will be the year when you’ll be able to buy the Thinkpad X1 foldable PC from Lenovo.
But the Thinkpad X1 isn’t keeping Lenovo from tinkering with the various possibilities of the foldable technology. Lenovo recently filed two new patents(published by USPTO), describing various aspects of its foldable device.
As first spotted by Windows Latest, Lenovo’s patent description is mainly centered around the form factor and methods to fold the display.
In one of its patents, Lenovo talks about three bodies connected to each other, with a connecting body in the middle with the purpose to rotate relative to the first body.
“The electronic device has at least a first mode, in which a first surface of the first body is covered by the connecting body and the second body, and a second mode, in which a surface composed by the first surface of the first body and a first surface of the connecting body is covered by the second body,” Lenovo explains.
The other patent focusses on damage resistant, which is a major concern of anything folding.
Titled “PORTABLE INFORMATION DEVICE,” the patented device is “a portable information device is capable of stably supporting a foldable display. The portable information device has a support plate which is fixed to the inner surface sides of a first chassis member and a second chassis member and supports the rear surface of a display. The support plate has a first plate member disposed on the inner surface side of the first chassis member, a second plate member disposed on the inner surface side of the second chassis member, and a flexible sheet-like member connecting the first plate member and the second plate member so as to be foldable into a double-folded state.”