Samsung may have patented a folding phone, but Lenovo is ready to show off one that not only bends, but also folds around your wrist like a wearable.
Unearthed at the company’s Tech World conference Thursday, the Cplus is a phone that literally folds around your wrist. Call it a phone cuff, if you will.
The Cplus features a 4.26-inch display that contours around your arm. There’s a cracking effect (and sound) as the Android phone’s screen bends, though no damage is incurred on the device. Unfolded, the Cplus is a very skinny phone that looks like a digital slap bracelet.
The Cplus was first revealed during the Tech World conference’s keynote. While bulkier than pretty much every wearable currently on the market, the Cplus does let you enjoy the convenience of a display on your wrist without needing a phone to accompany it. Because, of course, it is the phone.
We also saw Lenovo’s Folio tablet concept, a slate that folds in half to the size of a book.
It, too, had the cracking effect of the Cplus – it’s a little unsettling to watch the devices fold in two, but no less impressive.
While definitely still in the concept stage, these devices show where Lenovo is headed – it wants the hinge to disappear, according to Lenovo CTO Peter Hortensius.
Hortensius said much goes into making a bendable device besides the display. Other parts, such the battery and motherboard need to fold, too. It also has to return to its original shape when it’s unfolded, another challenge yet one the Cplus and Folio both met.
Neither are products yet, but look for the tech to show up at some point, in some form, down the line.
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