In a remarkable leap for the smartphone industry, Motorola, a Lenovo subsidiary, revealed an innovative "Adaptive Display Concept" at the Lenovo Tech World '23 event.
This prototype smartphone, hailed as a game-changer, can seamlessly wrap around a user’s wrist, offering a unique blend of phone and wearable tech in one device.
Remember when we thought flip phones were cool?— Bad AI (@Bad_AI_) October 25, 2023
Motorola's taking it to a new level with their bendable phone prototype.
Wrap it, flex it, wear it like a watch.
The future of phones looks... bendy? 🤔
Motorola's playing it close to the chest, but we're all ears (and eyes) for… pic.twitter.com/uI8XKIpB1M
Motorola's Quest to Bend Tech
Motorola showcased some wacky concepts at Lenovo Tech World '23, but the standout was undoubtedly the adaptive display prototype, which can effortlessly transition between a phone, stand, or a smart bracelet.
This ingenuity suggests that "gadgets that bend" might be the next significant trend, overshadowing even foldable phones.
According to a recent Lenovo StoryHub article, the device sports an FHD+ pOLE display that "can be bent and shaped into different forms depending on users' needs." Users can enjoy a full 6.9-inch Android experience when the device is laid flat.
Meanwhile, in its stand mode, it offers a compact 4.6-inch display. TechRadar noted that there isn't "an external hinge either as the prototype is a single-screen Android phone."
While this might sound like science fiction, it’s not Motorola's first foray into bendable tech. TechRadar recalled Lenovo's 2016 prototype, the Cplus, which could fold but had a noticeable "cracking effect."
While the Cplus never made its way to consumers, possibly due to fragility issues, this recent collaboration between Lenovo and Motorola could mark a definitive stride in bendable hardware.
Earlier this year, Motorola also presented the "rollable Rizr concept smartphone," further demonstrating the feasibility of such advanced designs.
The bendable phone isn't Motorola's only headline-grabber from the event. Motorola is "taking its AI endeavors to another level."
Among the unveiled features was a generative AI model that allows users to customize wallpapers by simply capturing a photo of their attire, enabling a personalized user experience.
Furthermore, Motorola introduced "MotoAI," an innovative personal assistant for PCs and smartphones. Designed with a large language model (LLM), MotoAI promises to enhance device personalization, emphasizing on-device data processing to protect user privacy.
Motorola just released a flexible phone. It can be bent and worn on the wrist, hands-free.— Tc (@eric_tc24) October 26, 2023
It has an AI model that runs locally on the device (meaning no need for internet) that can generate wallpapers to match your design.
See for yourself pic.twitter.com/yF90ibuK6p
What’s Around the Bend
While it remains to be seen if Motorola's "bracelet" phone will transition from prototype to product, the excitement it generated suggests a bright future for bendable tech. "It’ll be fascinating to see what Lenovo and Motorola come up with next," opined TechRadar.
As competitors like Galaxy and OnePlus push their foldable displays, Motorola's innovative concept may well set a new standard in smartphone flexibility and design.
Regardless of what the future holds, the Adaptive Display Concept has undoubtedly positioned Motorola and Lenovo as leaders in technological innovation and has set a high bar for competitors.
Edited by Nikola Djuric