This article originally appeared on ABACUS Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba recently filed a patent showing a foldable smartphone design for a device that folds in from the top and bottom of the screen . Unlike previous foldable smartphones from Samsung or Motorola, Alibaba’s clamshell design has two hinges. Opposite of the main screen, there’s another screen on the upper portion of the back panel that lights up and serves as the front display when folded up. There are also two buttons on the right side: One for power and the other for volume. Alibaba doesn’t currently make phones, so it’s unclear what the company plans to do with the patent. But the ecommerce company did try to get into the smartphone business with Haier back in 2012. It launched Aliyun OS in an attempt to take on Android, but it didn’t catch on. Purchase the China AI Report 2020 brought to you by SCMP Research and enjoy a 20% discount (original price US$400). This 60-page all new intelligence report gives you first-hand insights and analysis into the latest industry developments and intelligence about China AI. Get exclusive access to our webinars for continuous learning, and interact with China AI executives in live Q&A. Offer valid until 31 March 2020.