HTC patents a dual-screen touchscreen phone

GadgetMix reports that a patent that has HTC developing a dual-screen touchphone has surfaced. According to the patent, first picked up by Chinese website Zol, the device looks very similar in design to the Nintendo DS. The two screens are revealed when the clamshell is opened up, and the screens are designed so that they act as one large tablet when opened all the way. This would mean that there is little to no bezel in between the two screens when opened completely. When the user is only using one screen, the other screen acts as a QWERTY keyboard.

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Gizmodo points out that they've already been impressed with the Android OS's performance on a dual-screen setup, as seen on an enTourage eDGe 'dualbook'. On a smaller, more streamlined device, like the above HTC, Android would seem to be the most logical choice for a dual-screen OS. Especially given HTC's propensity toward using the acclaimed OS in its phones, this wouldn't be surprising.

As competition against the iPad and other slate devices, a similar device that folds up to be as portable as any smartphone could be just the thing to draw in the market demographic that loves the idea of increased screen real estate but requires the portability and convenience of other smartphones on the market.

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Jack E said,
I'm sure Apple will face some big competition from HTC in the coming years.

Coming years? They're nipping at their heels now, all they need is the legion of fans

Majesticmerc said,

Coming years? They're nipping at their heels now, all they need is the legion of fans

Considering the quality of most HTC phones, I'm rather surprised their legion isn't as vocal or big

Jack E said,
I'm sure Apple will face some big competition from HTC in the coming years.

say what?.

HTC sell more cellphone than Apple right now.

May be Apple can win in some subcategory, let's say :only in USA and only cellphone considered as smartphone.

PaulCabby said,

Considering the quality of most HTC phones, I'm rather surprised their legion isn't as vocal or big

Probably cause they are too busy enjoying the phones and their freedom, whilst the apple users can only use what they are given and get bored so decide to be vocal about the product

HTC is Linux to Apple's Windows

Now there is a messed up comparison

Teebor said,

HTC is Linux to Apple's Windows

Now there is a messed up comparison

Actually iPhone is Unix.... If jailbroken, you can access the shell, create and run scripts, and even compile Unix C code....

Teebor said,

HTC is Linux to Apple's Windows

Now there is a messed up comparison

Nah...Windows doesn't dictate where you can buy software or what brand of hardware you're allowed to install it on

neodorian said,

Nah...Windows doesn't dictate where you can buy software or what brand of hardware you're allowed to install it on


Ehm , windows phone 7? Sorry mate
And because of that we know we wont see a device such as this with windows phone 7 on

Edited by Leonick, Apr 9 2010, 5:25pm :

Magallanes said,

HTC sell more cellphone than Apple right now.

Way to use selective statistic reporting. Thats like saying Wal Mart sells more cloths than the dollar store. HTC sells more TOTAL devices. The iPhone outsells any one HTC device. You statement proves that the iPhone is better than any one phone from HTC and that it takes a variety of phones from HTC to reach a comparable market size.

Boo at the patent, which seems particularly vague and patent-trollesque, but the concept is cool. I'd hope there would be a third screen on the back too though, since I wouldn't want to open up the phone all the time to do stuff, and I'd rather have the option to just have a standard screen on the "front", and then be able to open it up to use the dual screen when I wanted.

Majesticmerc said,
Boo at the patent, which seems particularly vague and patent-trollesque, but the concept is cool. I'd hope there would be a third screen on the back too though, since I wouldn't want to open up the phone all the time to do stuff, and I'd rather have the option to just have a standard screen on the "front", and then be able to open it up to use the dual screen when I wanted.

Really? Apple doesnt patent troll either? Tell me waht company doesn't these days? All the money sits in patents.

Majesticmerc said,
Boo at the patent, which seems particularly vague and patent-trollesque, but the concept is cool. I'd hope there would be a third screen on the back too though, since I wouldn't want to open up the phone all the time to do stuff, and I'd rather have the option to just have a standard screen on the "front", and then be able to open it up to use the dual screen when I wanted.

+1 for the patent troll
-1 for the apple reference
+1 for the abolishment for software patents (though this is hardware)

Louis M. said,

Really? Apple doesnt patent troll either? Tell me waht company doesn't these days? All the money sits in patents.

True, but that doesn't mean that we have to like it. The article didn't mention Apple in this case, so I felt there was no need to bring them into it

Teebor said,

+1

Fix the hinge and then I would love to own that as a phone.


There's always the possibility that the hinge actually exists below the screens and the mock-up is just a shot of the device sans screens. That would make sense, I guess.

I got a G1 a.k.a. Dream... and what a beauty and fully functional phone is, and this surely will be my next cellphone

epple said,
"As competition against the iPad and other slate devices,"

What?

Read the following sentence, "A similar device" You qoute is not in reference to the phone the patient deals with. It is an opinion from the writer of the "news article." It means A. it is not a fact and B. it shouldn't even be including in this article as this article is about the phone, not a device that doesn't exist.

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