December 8, 2022

Fujifilm seems considering leaping into the cellular smartphone area and designed a folding smartphone that works with a stylus pen. The outline seems to be similar to Samsung’s just lately introduced Fold 3.

In a patent found and illustrated by LetsGoDigital, Fujifilm appears poised to tackle a brand new market phase: cell phones. The patent was filed in the US on August 3 and printed on September 9. The tech was additionally included within the World Mental Property Group database that protects the patent worldwide.

The patent is extraordinarily detailed and explains every little thing from the processor and the contact display, to the audio system and the microphone. It should additionally work with a stylus. In keeping with LetsGoDigital, Fujifilm has additionally outlined numerous interfaces and management choices, together with one that may change based mostly on the folding angle, a characteristic that sounds much like Samsung’s Flex Mode.

Unusually, regardless of 47 pages of detailed design info, the patent doesn’t talk about something concerning the digicam system. It doesn’t even point out something a few front-facing digicam, regardless of the renders supplied by LetsGoDigital exhibiting a traditional hold-punch design. Whereas this may be uncommon for any smartphone patent, it’s particularly odd contemplating Fujifilm’s place as one of many extra outstanding digicam producers on the earth. Whereas many smartphone producers have partnered with digicam manufacturers to extend the notoriety of smartphone digicam programs — corresponding to Zeiss with Vivo and Hasselblad with OnePlus — a Fujifilm-designed system would be capable to lean closely on the corporate’s personal historical past to tout its digicam programs.

Regardless of the case, Fujifilm selecting to leap into the smartphone market in any respect with a folding system is in itself notable, because the expertise for folding shows remains to be younger.

A digicam firm making smartphones isn’t unparalleled, as each Sony and Panasonic have produced cellular units up to now, however it’s uncommon for a corporation that has a extra centered product line. Panasonic and Sony are a lot bigger firms with significantly extra divisions, and Fujifilm is reasonably small compared. Fujifilm has been recognized primarily for its medical applied sciences, cameras, and movie.

Fujifilm just lately closed 4 U.S photograph gear crops and lower 400 jobs amid its pivot to healthcare. Its new CEO has publicly stated the corporate has no plans to desert images although, regardless of these modifications.

As with all patents, simply its existence isn’t proof that an organization will produce a given product so it’s unclear if Fujifilm’s folding smartphone will ever see the sunshine of day.

Picture credit: Renders and illustrations supplied courtesy of LetsGoDigital and Technizo Idea.

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