Samsung8217;s foldable smartphone is likely to wow when it finally arrives in 2019, but Sony is already preparing to take flexible displays to the next level.
According to recent patent filings (May 2018), Sony is working on a handset with a foldable display that is also transparent. The patent uncovered by Dutch site LetsGoDigital refer to a 8216;dual-sided transparent smartphone8217; and a 8216;foldable transparent smartphone8217;.
However, moving forward, the transparent nature of the display could give Sony an edge in the future arms race. This type of screen could lend itself perfectly to augmented reality experiences.
Back in 2009, Sony Ericsson launched the 8216;Purenesss8217; feature phone to plenty of fanfare but little acclaim. That device had a lower body to hide all the components, but given the trend towards full-screen displays, this becomes much harder to achieve.
Many forward-thinking smartphone manufacturers are seeking out ways to future the bezel-less trend by packing fingerprint sensors and selfie cameras underneath the display, so it8217;s interesting to see Sony is looking at ways to have nothing beneath the display.
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