Motorola’s New Bendable, Wearable Phone

Motorola releases a strange phone that bends backward to encircle your wrist like a bracelet.

Image credit: Lenovo

Wraparound displays are still relatively new, but foldable phones are starting to become more common. This year's Mobile World Congress included some really amazing technology, such as Motorola's concept phone, the Rizr, whose screen glides across the bottom. One of the most intriguing exhibits at the expo was Motorola's concept phone. Now, the company has gone one step further with flexible displays, releasing a strange phone that bends backward to encircle your wrist like an expensive bracelet.

Motorola's Mobility business unveiled a prototype phone at Lenovo Tech World '23 that features a flexible display that can bend at different angles, enabling it to wrap and twist around your wrist. Known as the "Adaptive Display Concept," it features a pOLED screen with Full HD Plus resolution that can be "bent and shaped into different" forms to accommodate varied situations. The top half curves upward for a more ergonomic viewing experience. This self-standing position presents you with a 4.6-inch display, ideal for video calls, scrolling through social feeds, and other vertical-aligned tasks. The use cases are flexible.

Motorola is essentially using this concept—which is why it is investing R&D resources in it—to demonstrate to consumers that there are alternative, less bulky phone options available besides foldables, such as the Razr 2023. Unlike the leading foldable phones, Motorola's wraparound phone doesn't require an extra hinge, which is one of its best features. Motorola claims that when the 6.9-inch screen is bent in half, it becomes a compact 4.6-inch display. It can either be wrapped around your wrist or stand erect on the bent portion.

Motorola is also introducing new onboard LLM AI functions that enable users to swiftly summarize web pages, enhance document scanning(even with wrinkles), and even mask private names and data for social media sharing.

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You would edit any picture from the demo and then hit the AI button that shows up in the image editor. After that, the AI will analyze the image and automatically remove names, usernames, and other personally identifiable information, allowing you to share content on social media more securely and without inadvertently disclosing too much information.

Although the time frame for the arrival of these capabilities on Motorola phones is unknown, we anticipate that some will appear in the company's Android 14 update.

Sam Draper
November 9, 2023

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