Foldable display device

  • US 10,806,025 B2
  • Filed: 06/28/2017
  • Issued: 10/13/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/21/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A foldable display device, comprising:

  • a flexible display panel comprising a first display region, a second display region, and a bending region formed between the first display region and the second display region;

    a first panel supporting frame for supporting the first display region; and

    a second panel supporting frame for supporting the second display region,wherein the first panel supporting frame and the second panel supporting frame are configured to make the flexible display panel have a first state and a second state,in the first state, the first panel supporting frame and the second panel supporting frame overlap with each other and are directly in contact with each other, the bending region is in a first bended-shape, and the first display region and the second display region overlap with each other and are not directly in contact with each other; and

    in the second state, a surface of the first panel supporting frame in contact with the first display region and a surface of the second panel supporting frame in contact with the second display region are in a same plane, and an accommodation space is formed between the first panel supporting frame and the second panel supporting frame, the bending region is in a second bended-shape and accommodated in the accommodation space, a first border of the first display region and a fifth border of the second display region abut against each other and are in contact with each other to form a structure of flat panel display; and

    a first locking mechanism being on a first side surface of the first panel supporting frame adjacent to the bending region and a third side surface of the second panel supporting frame adjacent to the bending region;

    wherein the first locking mechanism comprises;

    a locking slot being on the first side surface of the first panel supporting frame; and

    a locking rod, wherein a first end of the locking rod is on the third side surface of the second panel supporting frame and a rigid ball formed on a second end of the locking rod is configured to be capable of being inserted into or pulled out of the locking slot, wherein in the first state, the second end of the locking rod is pulled out of the locking slot; and

    in the second state, the second end of the locking rod is inserted into the locking slot so as to lock the first panel supporting frame and the second panel supporting frame.

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