Mystery Nokia phone comes in four pieces

Patent application reveals an odd design, to say the least

Trawling through new patent applications for future gadgets is generally fun, if not necessarily very productive, as is the case with a new device someone at Nokia seems to have dreamed up.

The company's application for patents to cover an odd-looking four-piece phone seems unlikely to ever become an actual product, but it's worth a look anyway.

Chunky origami

The device appears to be a folded smartphone with two pieces each comprising the screen and the keyboard. The idea is probably to create a phone with a smaller footprint but the same functionality as something much larger.

We're betting that nothing ever comes of this, as it just looks a bit too nerdy for the sophisticated modern consumer, but with Nokia we try to never say never.