Dutch tech website LetsGoDigital have found a patent granted to smartphone maker Oppo for what is a foldable tablet with an external smartphone on its back.
It sounds somewhat reminiscant of the Asus PadFone that was in production until 2015, where various sized tablets had a smartphone docked into the back of them too.
Workable foldable Oppo tablets have long since been demonstrated by Oppo already, as Oppo was one of the first smartphone brands to work on foldables. But this is the first time we’ve seen a patent for foldable tablet with a smartphone riding piggyback on it.
The two versions of the patent shows the smartphone docked into a pocket on the back of the foldable Oppo tablet in one patent, and then with the smartphone just simply attached on top of the back of the foldable tablet in the other patent, with a revolving USB connector on the tablet that will then dock into the smartphone, suggesting that this foldable Oppo tablet might only be compatible with the Oppo smartphone it is tied to.
Either way it’s just a patent at this point, but at least it shows that someone have thought about it already.
– Tom Bowen