Latest Tech: Motorola brings its bendable, wearable concept phone to MWC 2024 | Expert Reviews

Once attached, it certainly seems to be a stable fit: I wasn’t able to get hands-on with the device, but the representative doing the demonstration mimed jogging and doing the Macarena – normal daily life tasks – and the phone/bracelet hybrid held fast. 

For those times when you aren’t out running or doing dances from the 90s, the bendable phone has a couple of other form factors that I personally find to be much more useful. The first sees the lower quarter of the display bent backwards, creating a kickstand that supports the rest of the device, allowing you to take video calls or read emails without holding the phone. 

There’s also a tent mode, similar to clamshell folding phones, and the demonstration of uses for this was so much more niche, but it was easily my favourite part: Connect Four. With one board on either side of the device, you can set the phone down on a table and play with a friend. Motorola was tight-lipped on the prospect of Battleship support, but that feels like the natural next step for this thing to really take off.

The brand also kept schtum about specifications, which again is perfectly reasonable for a concept. The focus is very much on the what, rather than the how. 

We did get a couple of interesting tidbits, however; the display is a 6.9in pOLED panel, and the battery, rather than being one solid unit, is comprised of multiple segments, to better allow for the bending.

Motorola Adaptive Display Concept bendable phone bent into a tent form, display the homescreem

I wasn’t told exactly what material is on the back, but it looked halfway between a sweatband and mattress, which sounds like it would be comfortable, at least. The only other notable thing on the back is the lack of any kind of rear camera. If Motorola did move forward with this design, it would be interesting to see how it managed to incorporate extra cameras with the flexible rear.

As with most of the out-there concepts that turn up at these tech shows, however, we’ll probably never see the Motorola Adaptive Display Concept hitting shelves. Not in this form at least. But what could happen, and what I find much more interesting, is that Motorola could bring some of this technology to its next generation (or perhaps the one after that) of folding phones. With this kind of flexibility, it’s not inconceivable that we could see a 360-degree hinge on a flip phone sooner rather than later.

If you want to check out even more crazy futuristic technology from MWC 2024, Motorola’s parent company Lenovo also brought a wild card to the show, in the form of the ThinkBook Transparent Display Laptop concept.

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