Fujifilm seems excited about leaping into the cell smartphone area and designed a folding smartphone that works with a stylus pen. The outline seems to be similar to Samsung’s recently announced Fold 3.
In a patent found and illustrated by LetsGoDigital, Fujifilm appears poised to tackle a brand new market section: cell phones. The patent was filed in the USA 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 all the things from the processor and the contact display screen, to the audio system and the microphone. It’s going to additionally work with a stylus. In keeping with LetsGoDigital, Fujifilm has additionally outlined varied interfaces and management choices, together with one that may change primarily based on the folding angle, a function that sounds just like Samsung’s Flex Mode.
Unusually, despite 47 pages of detailed design information, the patent doesn’t talk about something concerning the digital camera system. It doesn’t even point out something a couple of front-facing digital camera, regardless of the renders supplied by LetsGoDigital displaying a traditional hold-punch design. Whereas this might be uncommon for any smartphone patent, it’s particularly odd contemplating Fujifilm’s place as one of many extra outstanding digital camera producers on this planet. Whereas many smartphone producers have partnered with digital camera manufacturers to extend the notoriety of smartphone digital camera techniques — similar to Zeiss with Vivo and Hasselblad with OnePlus — a Fujifilm-designed gadget would have the ability to lean closely on the corporate’s personal historical past to tout its digital camera techniques.
Regardless of the case, Fujifilm selecting to leap into the smartphone market in any respect with a folding gadget is in itself notable, because the expertise for folding shows remains to be younger.
A digital camera firm making smartphones isn’t remarkable, as each Sony and Panasonic have produced cell gadgets 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 as compared. Fujifilm has been identified primarily for its medical applied sciences, cameras, and movie.
Fujifilm just lately closed four U.S photo equipment plants and cut 400 jobs amid its pivot to healthcare. Its new CEO has publicly stated the company has no plans to abandon photography 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.