Today's smartphones are pretty special, but the one thing the phone market doesn't have these days is the sheer scope of different form factors and executions available back in the day.
Think about it: clamshell phones have disappeared, QWERTY has had its day and concepts like this crazy triple-screen phone from LG will probably never see the light of day.
LG applied for a patent for the above concept back in 2010, with the idea being a pair of slide-out panels that would emerge horizontally from the sides of the phone in landscape mode.
Those additional touch-sensitive screens would potentially serve any number of purposes, including operating like a soft keyboard or control panel when appropriate, or acting as extra viewing screens for multitasking. It could have been a real winner when it comes to gaming, come to think of it.
With three years having elapsed since the patent filing date, we have to assume LG has abandoned its three-screen phone plans, though Japan's NEC has stuck its own neck out with the tri-display Medias W released at the start of the year.
It'll hardly sell millions, but it's nice to see a bit of variety in what is becoming very much a me-too industry these days.
What do you think – is the lack of tri-screen mobile action from LG a sensible move, or just another example of the narrowing wedge of consumer choice?