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vivo patent shows a smartphone concept with a twist-and-rotate physical keyboard

By Nadeem Sarwar July 17, 2020, 2:45 pm

The era of smartphones with a physical keyboard is far behind, and so is the trend of devices with wacky form factors. However, a design patent filed by the Chinese smartphone maker vivo (via Gizchina) suggests that the company is experimenting with the idea of a phone with a twist-and-rotate module at the bottom.

One side of the rotating module has a physical keyboard while the other side is all screen. Ideally, the keyboard side of the module will be used for tasks that involve a lot of typing such as chatting or answering emails, while the display side will just add more screen real estate for media consumption and gaming.

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However, it is not entirely an alien design, as the Nokia 5700 Xpress Music and Nokia 3250 launched over a decade ago rocked a similar twist-and-rotate aesthetics. But this is a patent application we are talking about, which means the device might not make it past the concept stage and necessarily be launched as a commercially available product.

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