What if you could have an iPhone and an iPad, all in one device that folds up into your pocket? Literally. Qualcomm‘s planning something along those lines, acccording to a new patent application, that brings the best of both worlds, and then some.
Even Apple hasn’t fully managed to crack the conundrum of true convergence and portability with the iPhone and iPad: the iPhone is powerful, but lacks the screen size for reading or videos that an iPad boasts, which in turn won’t fit in your pocket unless you happen to be wearing a moo moo.
But Qualcomm’s tablet design, outlined in this recent patent application, solves that iPhone and iPad divide by folding from one form factor to another.
As well as acting as a simple flat tablet, it can twist into a candybar phone, slide up to make a bedside alarm, or even lock two thirds of the way down to create a separate, flat space for the keyboard, a little bit like the iPad keybaord dock, but without the extra expense. The UI of the software would also change from mode to mode automatically.
Of course, it’s worth pointing out that a mere patent application doesn’t mean the iPhone or iPad are about to be usurped anytime soon, but if anyone’s got the money and know how to pull it off, it’s wireless giant Qualcomm. Now which do you prefer, this or LG‘s phone that folds into headphones?