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2020 could be the year of the bendy phone and laptops. Companies like Samsung and Huawei have already shown off foldable mobile devices displays earlier this. Plenty of manufacturers including Microsoft and Lenovo have designs of their own foldable devices under consideration.

It appears that Lenovo is prototyping a foldable device of its own, and it could look similar to the device that Huawei unveiled earlier this year. A patent has revealed Lenovo’s new foldable device and it does not look like the Motorola RAZR.

Spotted by us, the patent titled ‘DUAL-SCREEN ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD THEREOF’ was filed by Lenovo in January 2019 and published by USPTO on July 11, 2019.

The patent clearly shows off a tablet-size device. In the patent application, Lenovo has claimed that the device includes two display with a physical border. Lenovo also proposed a solution to reduce the visibility of the gap by joining the portion of the two panels in a better way.

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In the patent application, Lenovo has shared the following technical details:

According to an aspect of the present disclosure, a dual-screen electronic apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes: a first display screen with a first physical border; a second display screen with a second physical border; and a processor, configured to control display of the first display screen and the second display screen. In response to a first mode of use, a first portion of the second physical border and a second portion of the first physical border are hidden from view; and in response to a second mode of use, the first display screen is arranged on a first surface of the dual-screen electronic apparatus, and the second display screen is arranged on a second surface of the dual-screen electronic apparatus, the first surface being opposite to the second surface.

Lenovo patent
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Lenovo’s special arrangement of rotating shaft could hide them from the user’s view and improve the appearance of the device. The arrangement includes a first rotating shaft and second rotating shaft are installed at the two ends

“With the foregoing arrangement of the rotating shafts in the present disclosure, when the dual-screen electronic apparatus is in the first mode of use, the first physical border and the second physical border are not exposed where the first display screen and the second display screen are adjacent, giving a visual appearance of a borderless connection between the first display screen and the second display screen,” Lenovo explains.

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