On July twelfth the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from HTC that revealed a new kind of slider-styled smartphone that is to be lighter and thinner than most on the market. The new unit includes an all new sliding bracket mechanism, hinge and raising member that in concert raises the smartphone to a sharp heightened angle to reveal its hidden keyboard. After reporting a brutal quarter, HTC's chief executive, Peter Chou, stated that he hoped that the planned launch of new models in the second half of this year would help sales and profits to rebound. Whether this latest design will make the cut for later this year is unknown at this time.
HTC Designs a New Slide-Out Styled Smartphone
HTC filed for a new slide-out styled smartphone back in August of 2011 and in patent FIG. 1 shown below we're able see an exploded view of HTC's schematic outlining the design in detail. The additional patent figures 2 to 4 shown below are schematic diagrams of the handheld electronic device of FIG. 1 in different status.
After Microsoft snubbed HTC to be one of their premier tablet suppliers, it's more than likely that their new tablet and slide-out styled smartphone will focus on supporting Android's upcoming Jelly Bean operating system.
HTC's patent application was originally filed in Q3 2011 and published by the US Patent and Trademark Office on July 12, 2012.
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