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HTC stays mum on reported patent

Staff writer, with CNA

Smartphone maker HTC Corp (宏達電) yesterday declined to comment on an online news report that it has obtained a patent for a dual-screen slider phone design.

Citing a US Patent and Trademark Office report, the technology Web magazine Engadget said the Taiwanese company has received a US patent for a handset with a side-sliding screen.

Unlike dual-screen handsets now on the market, the new design would allow a side-sliding second screen to slide out and fit into place alongside the main screen to form one unified display, Engadget said.

Analysts said the move to patent the design shows HTC’s interest in launching multiple screen sizes and different designs with its phones.

HTC declined to comment on the report, saying it does not respond to rumors or market speculation.

Industry analysts said it would take time before HTC’s reported dual-screen design could be commercialized. Besides requiring large injections of capital, dual-screen phones tend to need specialized software, they said.

They said it might be more accurate to call the reported patent a vision of what might be rather than a roadmap.

They also said HTC should stick with the new HTC One instead of producing a non-mainstream handset based on a dual-screen concept.

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