LG has won a new patent for a foldable smartphone that has two batteries. What's more surprising, in a time where major OEMs are cutting ties with the 3.5mm audio jack and turning to Lightning and Type-C ports for audio, LG's new patent has room for two audio jacks. The patent was published by the World Intellectual Property Organization.
The new patent has an uncanny resemblance with the ZTE Axon M going by the fact that the design revolves around two display panels connected through a hinge. The new patent also envisions what is essentially a combination of two standalone displays that have their own battery reservoir and separate 3.5mm audio ports for audio accessories.
One of the two screens appears to feature an optical fingerprint sensor placed underneath the display, with the same side also housing a dual camera setup. It's unclear whether both the batteries will be used simultaneously, well that could be the case to balance the battery life of both the cells.
Moreover, both the display would be capable of showing two different videos on their screens and allow two users to plug in their headphones and listen or view their own content, the patent reads. Many other functionalities shown in the patent resemble a lot from the ZTE Axon M, including the ability to have two screens act as one display.
One of the two screens will be of a curved variety, while the other one will be completely flat. One of the screens could also act as a keyboard in landscape mode when the other screen is tilted at a certain angle. Whether the device makes it to the production stage remains to be seen.
Apart from making its own smartphones, LG also supplies display panels to other OEMs as well. The company recently supplied its OLED panels to Huawei for its Porsche Design Mate RS smartphone. LG has been well known for its OLED panels, but largely because of its televisions. LG OLED panels have had a history of issues. But it seems that the company has made some serious changes because Huawei chose their display for its super hefty smartphone.