Vivo could be working on phone with extendable display, suggests patent application

Vivo appears to be readying a new extendable phone that will take on Samsung and other foldable phones.

  • Vivo could be working on a phone with an extendable display similar to that on OPPO X 2021 rollable phone.
  • The patent was filed at WIPO back in May 2021 and was published on December 2nd.
  • No hardware specifications of the phone have been revealed at the moment.

Vivo could be working on a phone with an extendable display, according to a patent application it filed at the World Intellectual Property Organisation. The patent was filed back in May 2021 and was published on December 2nd, as spotted by 91mobiles. The patent drawings show the phone will have an extendable display that expands from the right to enlarge the display to fit in more content thanks to the additional screen real estate. Extendable phones are not new in the market as OPPO has already demoed its version of extendable phones but a commercial device is yet to hit the market.

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The Vivo extendable phone expands from the right spine and clips back in when not in use. It’s possible the screen expands when certain specific tasks are performed like opening the camera app, reading documents, watching videos, etc. It has a motor that automatically brings out the screen when triggered. Vivo may even manually allow users to open the hidden screen when they deem fit. The speaker grille is on the top, while the USB Type-C port is on the right spine. The back houses the rectangular module to house multiple camera sensors. The phone has a punch-hole cutout on the front for the selfie snapper.

Since the design is still in the patent stage, it’s hard to tell whether the company would launch a commercial phone any time soon but considering how Vivo likes to innovate smartphone designs and foldable are becoming the next big thing, we’re hopeful to see the design come to life sometime soon in the future. The extra screen real estate should come in handy especially when reading books, watching videos, clicking photos, and doing similar tasks.

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