Since the start of this year, we have been seeing a growth in companies trying to develop a perfect foldable smartphone. While Huawei and Samsung announced their foldable devices, others like Oppo and Vivo are currently working on their foldable device.
In all this, one company has been rather silent on the foldable trend and that’s Sony. The company is facing huge competition from Chinese brands like Oppo and OnePlus. However, that hasn’t stopped the company from innovating their foldable device. According to a patent filed by Sony (via Letsgodigital), the company is working on a foldable device with sensors on the screen. The patent was filed on March 4, 2019, with WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) and was published on 27th June 2019.
The patent describes a screen with three main sensors, a pressure sensor, a temperature sensor and an acceleration sensor. These sensors will detect how the device is being held and adjust accordingly. The patent also describes a dual-screen device which could be another design Sony is working on at the moment.
While patents don’t exactly mean that we will get to see the device in the future, we do hope that Sony designs a phone based on the patent. That said, it will surely be a couple of years before we get a chance to see a foldable smartphone from Sony.