HTC engineers have come up with a new device design, for a hinged gadget, that seems to open up into a flat tablet or some sort. The render of this device doesn’t show any keys, so we might be dealing with a dual screen unit, reminding us of an older patent application. In the official description of this invention, HTC mentions “phones, multimedia players, personal digital assistants, handheld game consoles, handheld satellite navigation systems, and notebook computers”, so the new device could be one of those.

What we’re sure of is that the gadget is a portable electronic device with a sliding mechanism and a moving one, that will increase the “area utilization rate” of the supposed tablet. This invention manages to either allow the user to access a bigger keyboard, or a larger touchscreen, depending on the features of the new gadget.

[via wmpoweruser]