LG K42

After folding screen smartphones, sliding structure has become a new force for many manufacturers. For example, LG announced the LG Rollable during this year’s CES, and OPPO brought the concept machine OPPO X 2021 to the Future Technology Conference 2020 last year. Today, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) has announced a sliding smartphone design patent, from LG, containing 26 design drawings.

LG design patent

From the picture, we can see the front of this concept phone has a complete screen. It can be expanded to about twice the size by sliding. And there is no front camera.

The back of the fuselage is very similar to the combination of our common smartphones and the notch area. The camera module is arranged vertically, and the rest is left to the screen.

LG design patent

We guess the rear screen should be mainly for selfies, but this design reminds us about the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

And we think this design of the LG phone is about the thickness of three screens, which is a little disappointing. It would be more practical if the rear screen can be added to the front during the sliding process and the bangs are removed.

Even if you don’t talk about the design, considering the current situation of LG’s mobile department, we think this machine is likely to stay in the concept stage.

In fact, all major smartphone brands grant for many design patents. But most of them remain in the form of concepts/ideas. We guess LG is not the company at the moment that can bring revolutionary smartphone designs to the market.


Argam Artashyan

By Argam Artashyan

Back in 2010, he was dismissed from his position as a lecturer at the university. This made him get another job at his friend’s digital marketing company as a blog writer. After a few years, when he was thinking the article writing is his mission, Google pushed the Panda update and affected the company and websites he was working at. (Un)fortunately and surprisingly, he got an offer to head a large knitting factory. In 2016, he got his Ph.D. and resumed teaching at the University … and writing tech-related articles following his passion.