Sharp uses folding smartphone prototype, organic EL adoption. This was introduced by United States TechCrunch My tweet.
Sharp released a mock-up of a folding smartphone equipped with a bendable folderable organic EL display at an exhibition for news media companies. We are not considering commercialization at this stage, but we just want to show off the display technology.
The screen size is 6.18 inches and the resolution is WQHD + (1440 x 3040). According to the booth staff, it has a durability that can withstand 300,000 times of bending. Although the exhibition is inward folding, it also supports outward folding designs.
— 小口貴宏 / EngadgetJP (@TKoguchi787) April 12, 2019
So far, the Motorola RAZR patent and one of several TCL concepts are the closest we’ve seen. Ultimately the form factor is less about maximizing screen space than it is minimizing pocket real estate, with the unfolded prototype measuring a not-crazy 6.18 inches. There’s also a nice bit of nostalgia baked in for those of us who remember the days before every phone was a smart one.
Sharp certainly knows how to make a display, and while I don’t expect any phone from the company to set the world on fire, there’s probably something in the return of the clamshell, after all.