Chinese phone makers including Xiaomi and Oppo are expected to launch foldable phones this year. It is reported that Vivo also has a folding mobile phone under development. Concept creator LetsGoDigital has previously tracked the number of patents from the company which suggests that it is working on foldable devices that use a flexible display and a stylus that folds inwards.
As per the latest news, Vivo has applied for a new patent with CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Office) back in August 2020 which is now released and the color renderings are also shown in the patent.
As you can see, the entire front of the phone is composed of a screen. While, on the side, the screen frame is almost invisible. The screen extends from the bottom to the back and about 1/3 of the back area is composed of the screen area, so you can use this display part to take selfies with the main camera. In this way, there is no need to make an opening on the front of the screen to accommodate the front camera.
Vivo equips this special smartphone with an advanced camera system consisting of 5 camera lenses, including a periscope zoom lens. The camera is integrated into a square camera module and placed in the center of the back. There is an extended flash on the right side of the camera system.
However, this is not an ordinary dual-screen phone. The screen part on the back can be opened, just like a flip or a clamshell phone. Then, add this part of the screen to the front, which provides users with an extra-long display, comparable to flip phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and Motorola RAZR 5G.
However, there are differences between the two. By unfolding the flexible screen part, the thickness of the device is no longer the same everywhere. The top part retains its original thickness and contains all the necessary components. Below is the thinnest part, which is not much thicker than the thickness of the flexible display itself.
Furthermore, a rectangular button is placed on the top side of this Vivo foldable smartphone. The volume buttons can’t be seen and the design of the SIM card compartment seems to be gone. The volume may be controlled by touch. In addition, there must not be volume keys present in this smartphone and also there is a possibility of just the eSIM support. We have also seen these designs on the Vivo Apex 2020 concept phone.