1. needforbbx's Avatar
    Looks awesome: BlackBerry files patent application for 180-degree hinge, redefines 'flip-phone'

    Before you get too excited, lets remember two things: one, companies file patent applications for things all the time that never see the light of day. Two, the application is for the hinge specifically, so don't get your hopes up for a BlackBerry 10 laptop. That being said, this glimpse at a potential future form factor has us intrigued. Even when the company formerly known as RIM has experimented with design in the past, it's been conservative. The Pearl squished the keyboard and split the keys, the Storm went with a touchscreen that was also a giant button and the Torch opted for a sliding mechanism that was old hat for most other manufacturers. This is a little different, however. It's a hinge, not terribly dissimilar to that on HTC's ancient Tilt2, that lets you adjust the position of a screen in relation to a base. This version offers a lot more freedom than the HTC creation however, seemingly allowing the screen to flip 180-degrees on the arm. This design could be used for a future phone, and would be a great fit for a larger device -- say five-inches or more. Alternately, it could wind up as part of a keyboard dock for a future tablet, which would be closer to the filings illustrations. Then again, it could just end up collecting dust in a corner at Waterloo. If you'd like to check out the patents for yourself hit up the source links.
    02-14-13 02:32 PM
  2. vespajet's Avatar
    02-14-13 02:49 PM
  3. BergerKing's Avatar
    Hmmm, that id definitely an unusual implementation of a flip.
    02-14-13 02:55 PM
  4. ekafara's Avatar
    Very interesting. Could see it come to a tablet.
    02-14-13 02:59 PM
  5. darkehawke's Avatar
    i would not buy that however. looks far too flimsy
    02-14-13 02:59 PM
  6. Enyigma's Avatar
    It looks like they filed for the concept more than an actual production design. Actual design would have to be quite robust with perhaps flexible or bendable hinges to avoid breakage.

    I can't see this for the phone crowd but I can envision it for the next generation tablet for a variety of sizes. This would be particularly useful if one of the devices ends up being a portabe office. It lies flat for when one is on the go but opens up for more intensive work when there is access to a flat surface to work on.
    Last edited by Enyigma; 02-14-13 at 03:50 PM.
    02-14-13 03:34 PM
  7. darkehawke's Avatar
    aye as a tablet, i will probably be interested.
    but not as a phone
    02-14-13 03:40 PM
  8. sahil123's Avatar
    Patent is for the hinge. Could be used for phone/tablet/laptop/desktop/tv just about anything!
    02-14-13 03:57 PM
  9. Elite1's Avatar
    This is for BB's upcoming touchscreen ultrabook, the U10.

    [/total BS]
    02-14-13 05:40 PM
  10. Emu the Foo's Avatar
    Interesting. Looks weird. If and when it were to get pulled off, congrats to them
    02-14-13 06:41 PM
  11. imz's Avatar
    Reminds me of the Sony Duo

    New Flip-Phone Patent-sonyduo11-1-.jpg
    02-15-13 08:24 AM

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