(19)
(11)EP 3 355 161 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
29.04.2020 Bulletin 2020/18

(21)Application number: 18152254.1

(22)Date of filing:  18.01.2018
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
G06F 1/16(2006.01)

(54)

CONNECTING MEMBER, HOUSING ASSEMBLY AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

VERBINDUNGSELEMENT, GEHÄUSEANORDNUNG UND ELEKTRONISCHE VORRICHTUNG

ÉLÉMENT DE CONNEXION, ENSEMBLE BOÎTIER ET DISPOSITIF ÉLECTRONIQUE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 26.01.2017 CN 201720109186 U

(43)Date of publication of application:
01.08.2018 Bulletin 2018/31

(73)Proprietor: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
Wusha, Chang'an Dongguan, Guangdong 523860 (CN)

(72)Inventor:
  • LIN, Yugui
    Dongguan, Guangdong 523860 (CN)

(74)Representative: Manitz Finsterwald Patent- und Rechtsanwaltspartnerschaft mbB 
Martin-Greif-Strasse 1
80336 München
80336 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
US-A1- 2014 196 254
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    TECHNICAL FIELD



    [0001] The present disclosure relates to the field of consumer electronics in general. More particularly, and without limitation, the disclosed embodiments relate to a connecting member, a housing assembly, and an electronic device.

    BACKGROUND ART



    [0002] Electronic devices with large screen play an excellent role in improving user experience and visual effect, and possess obvious advantages particularly in business communication, playing games, watching movies and the like.

    [0003] Currently, a foldable electronic device may have a large display panel. The large display panel can satisfy demand of a user for larger screen. The large display panel can be folded so that a size of the foldable electronic device is reduced. Thus, it is convenient for a user to carry the foldable electronic device with small size. Generally, the foldable electronic device includes a first body and a second body and a connecting member. The connecting member is coupled between the first body and the second body. The first body can be rotated relative to the second body by the connecting member so that the foldable electronic device can be folded.

    [0004] US 2014/196254 A1 discloses a connecting member in accordance with the preamble of claim 1. More specifically, the connecting member comprises a hinge member for connecting a first plate and a second plate. A flexible display screen is attached to the tops of the first plate and the second plate and the hinge member, wherein the hinge member folds the first plate and the second plate and the flexible display screen while it is folded with smooth curvature.

    SUMMARY



    [0005] It is an object of the invention to provide a housing assembly having better mechanical performance. The object is satisfied by the subject matter of claim 1.

    [0006] In accordance with an aspect, in one embodiment of the present disclosure, a housing assembly is provided. The housing assembly may include a first housing, a second housing and a connecting module. The connecting module includes a connecting member, a coupling member and a positioning member. The connecting member may include a first connecting portion, a second connecting portion and a body portion. The first connecting portion may be coupled to the first housing. The second connecting portion may be coupled to the second housing. The body portion may define a number of through holes and a number of welding holes therein. The body portion may be located between the first connecting portion and the second connecting portion. The first connecting portion and the second connecting portion may be close to each other by bending the body portion. The coupling member is coupled between the first housing and the second housing, faces the connecting member, and is configured to support the connecting member. The positioning member is coupled between the connecting member and the coupling member, and is configured to prevent a movement of the coupling member along a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the body portion relative to the first connecting member. Each of the plurality of through holes is strip-shaped, and a longitudinal direction of each of the plurality of through holes is perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the body portion. The positioning member comprises a first end coupled to the connecting member and a second end coupled to the coupling member, the first end includes a raised portion raised far away from the second end, and the raised portion of the positioning member is received in the welding hole and welded to the connecting member.

    [0007] In accordance with a still another aspect, in one embodiment of the present disclosure, an electronic device is provided. The electronic device may include a first housing, a second housing, a connecting member, a flexible display panel and an electronic component group. The connecting member may be coupled between the first housing and the second housing. The connecting member may define a number of through holes therein. The first housing and the second housing may be close to each other by bending the connecting member. The flexible display panel may be positioned on the first housing, the second housing and the connecting member. The electronic component group may be positioned in the first housing and the second housing and electrically connected to the flexible display panel.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0008] The accompanying drawings, which are incorporated in and constitute a part of this specification, illustrate exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure, and together with the description, serve to explain the principles of the disclosure.

    FIG. 1 illustrates an exploded view of an electronic device, in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure.

    FIG. 2 illustrates an assembled view of a first housing of the electronic device shown in FIG. 1.

    FIG. 3 illustrates a cross-sectional schematic view of the first housing of the electronic device shown in FIG. 2.

    FIG.4 illustrates an exploded view of the first housing of the electronic device in FIG. 2.

    FIG.5 illustrates a cross-sectional schematic view of the electronic device shown in FIG. 1, which is in a folded configuration.

    FIG.6 illustrates another cross-sectional schematic view of the electronic device shown in FIG. 1, which is in a folded configuration.

    FIG.7 illustrates a cross-sectional schematic view of the electronic device shown in FIG. 1, which is in an unfolded configuration.

    FIG.8 illustrates a cross-sectional schematic view of a second housing of the electronic device shown in FIG. 1.

    FIG.9 illustrates an exploded view of a second housing of the electronic device in FIG. 1.

    FIG.10 illustrates an assembled view of a second housing of the electronic device in FIG. 1.

    FIG.11 illustrates a schematic view of a connecting member of a connecting module of the electronic device shown in FIG. 1.

    FIG.12 illustrates a schematic view of a coupling member of a connecting module of the electronic device shown in FIG. 1.

    FIG.13 illustrates a partial schematic view of the coupling member shown in FIG. 12.

    FIG.14 illustrates a partial exploded view of the coupling member shown in FIG. 12.

    FIG.15 illustrates an exploded view of the coupling member shown in FIG. 12.

    FIG. 16 illustrates an exploded view of a first hinge element and a positioning member shown in FIG. 15.

    FIG.17 illustrates a cross-sectional schematic view of a connecting member, a hinge shaft and a positioning member as shown in FIG. 30.

    FIG.18 illustrates an enlarged view of part C in FIG. 18.

    FIG.19 illustrates a schematic view of a connecting module as shown in FIG. 12 assembled with the first supporter.

    FIG.20 illustrates a partial schematic view of a connecting member and a positioning member, in accordance with still another embodiment of the present disclosure.

    FIG.21 illustrates a partial schematic view of a connecting member and a positioning member, in accordance with further another embodiment of the present disclosure.

    FIG.22 illustrates a schematic view of the electronic device shown in FIG. 1 in an unfolded configuration.

    FIG.23 illustrates a schematic view of the electronic device shown in FIG. 1 in a folded configuration.

    FIG.24 illustrates a schematic view of the electronic device shown in FIG. 1 in an angular configuration.

    FIG.25 illustrates a schematic view of the electronic device shown in FIG. 1 in another angular configuration.

    FIG.26 illustrates a schematic view of an electronic device, in accordance with another embodiment of the present disclosure.

    FIG.27 illustrates an exploded view of a flexible display panel of the electronic device shown in FIG.1.

    FIG.28 illustrates an exploded view of an electronic component group of the electronic device shown in FIG.1.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF ILLUSTRATED EMBODIMENTS



    [0009] FIG. 1 illustrates an exploded view of an electronic device, in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure. In the embodiments of the present disclosure, the electronic devices can be a mobile terminal 900, the mobile terminal is described as an example in the present embodiment. In other embodiments, the electronic device can be, for example, smart mobile phones, tablets (PDA), laptops, etc. The mobile terminal 900 may include a housing assembly 100. The housing assembly 100 may include a first housing 10, a second housing 20 and a connecting module 30. The connecting module 30 may be located between the first housing 10 and the second housing 20. The connecting module 30 can be configured for coupling the first housing 10 to the second housing 20. In the housing assembly 100, the second housing 20 can be rotated with respect to the first housing 10 via the connecting module 30. The housing assembly 100 can be in a folded configuration, an angular configuration or an unfolded mold. In the folded configuration, the second housing 20 can be rotated with respect to the first housing 10, and then be turned over and stacked onto the first housing 10. In the unfolded configuration, the first housing 10 and the second housing 20 can be substantially arranged in a plane. The angular configuration is a status between the unfolded configuration and the folded configuration. In other words, in the angular configuration, the first housing 10 and the second housing 20 may form an angle between 0 and 180°. In some embodiments, in the angular configuration, the first housing 10 and the second housing 20 may form an angle more than 180°. The connecting module 30 may be flexible or bendable, or even foldable. When the connecting module 30 is bended, the housing assembly 100 can be in the folded configuration or in the angular configuration. When the connecting module 30 is straight, the housing assembly 100 can be in the unfolded configuration. The connecting module 30 can also be configured to prevent a detachment of the second housing 20 and the first housing 10 in the folded configuration or the angular configuration.

    [0010] In one embodiment, the connecting module 30 may include a connecting member 31 and a coupling member 32. The connecting member 31 is bendable, and even foldable. The first housing 10 and the second housing 20 can be angular or stacked by bending the connecting member 31. In some embodiments, when the connecting member 31 is straight along a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the connecting member 31, the first housing 10 and the second housing 20 can be arranged in a plane. The coupling member 32 of the connecting module 30 may also be bendable, and even foldable. In the folded configuration, the coupling member 32 can be folded to support the folded connecting member 31. In the unfolded configuration, the coupling member 32 can also be unfolded to support the unfolded connecting member 31. Further, in one example, the coupling member 32 may be slidably coupled to the first housing 10 and the second housing 20. From the unfolded configuration to the folded configuration, the coupling member 32 can slide towards the first housing 10 and the second housing 20. For example, the coupling member 32 can slide into the first housing 10 and the second housing 20. Otherwise, from the unfolded configuration to the folded configuration, the coupling member 32 can slide away from the first housing 10 and the second housing 20. For example, the coupling member 32 can slide out of the first housing 10 and the second housing 20. In another example, the coupling member 32 may be slidably coupled to one of the first housing 10 and the second housing 20. From the unfolded configuration to the folded configuration, the coupling member 32 can slide towards one of the first housing 10 or the second housing 20. For example, the coupling member 32 can slide into one of the first housing 10 and the second housing 20. From the unfolded configuration to the folded configuration, the coupling member 32 can slide away from one of the first housing 10 or the second housing 20. For example, the coupling member 32 can slide out of the first housing 10 and the second housing 20.

    [0011] The housing assembly 100 can be configured to install a display device 200 including a flexible display panel 40. The housing assembly 100 can also be configured to protect other components such as an electronic component group 300. In the present embodiment, the first housing 10 and the second housing 20 of the housing assembly 100 may be made of a rigid material. Thus, the housing assembly 100 can provide support and protection to the flexible display panel 40. As illustrated in FIG. 1, the flexible display panel 40 may include a first portion 41, a second portion 42 and a third portion 43. The third portion 43 can be located between the first portion 41 and the second portion 42. One side of the third portion 43 can be coupled to the first portion 41, the other side of the third portion 43 can be coupled to the second portion 42. The first housing 10 can be configured for supporting the first portion 41, and the second housing 20 can be configured for supporting the second portion 42. The connecting module 30 can be configured for supporting the third portion 43.

    [0012] The connecting module 30 includes the connecting member 31 and the coupling member 32. The connecting member 31 can be located between the first housing 10 and the second housing 20. One side of the connecting member 31 is coupled to the first housing 10, the other side of the connecting member 31 is coupled to the second housing 20. The coupling member 32 may face the connecting member 31. The coupling member 32 can be located between the first housing 10 and the second housing 20. One side of the coupling member 32 is slidably coupled to the first housing 10, the other side of the coupling member 32 is slidably coupled to the second housing 20. The coupling member 32 can be configured to support the connecting member 31. In the folded configuration, the coupling member 32 can be in contact with the connecting member 31 to support the connecting member 31.

    [0013] The first housing 10, as illustrated in FIG.2-FIG.3, may include a first front cover 11 and a first rear cover 12. The first rear cover 12 can be coupled with the first front cover 11 to form a first accommodating cavity 13. The first accommodating cavity 13 can be configured for accommodating the electronic component group 300 (as illustrated in FIG. 1). The first front cover 11 may have a first supporting surface 111. The first supporting surface 111 can be configured for supporting the first portion 41 of the flexible display panel 40. The first rear cover 12 can be coupled to the first front cover 11 and located on a side of the first front cover 11 opposite to the first supporting surface 111. The first rear cover 12 may have a first rear surface 121 far away from the first front cover 11. The first housing 10 may include a first interior portion 14 and a first exterior portion 15. The first interior portion 14 can be coupled to the connecting module 30, and the first exterior portion 15 can be far away from the connecting module 30. In the present embodiment, the first interior portion 14 is coupled to the connecting member 31 and the coupling member 32. The connecting member 31 is fixed to the first interior portion 14, and the coupling member 32 is slidably coupled to the first interior portion 14. The first exterior portion 15 is configured to be coupled to the first portion 41 of the flexible display panel 40. For example, an edge of the first portion 41 far away from the second portion 42 is coupled to the first exterior portion 15 of the first housing 10. The first portion 41 of the flexible display panel 40 can be positioned on the first supporting surface 111. Thus, the first housing 10 can support the first portion 41 of the flexible display panel 40 effectively.

    [0014] The coupling member 32 is slidably coupled to the first interior portion 14. The first interior portion 14 may have a first groove 16. The coupling member 32 can be partially received in the first groove 16. Thus, the coupling member 32 can slide with respect to the first interior portion 14. The coupling member 32 can slide either into or out of the first groove 16. As a result, the coupling member 32 will not be compressed by the first housing 10 from the unfolded configuration to the folded configuration, thereby avoiding a deformation of the coupling member 32.

    [0015] In the present embodiment, the first groove 16 includes two first guiding grooves 141 and a number of first auxiliary guiding grooves 142. The first auxiliary guiding grooves 142 are arranged between the two first guiding grooves 141. The two first guiding grooves 141 and the first auxiliary guiding grooves 142 extend through the first interior portion 14, thereby forming a number of openings 147 at first interior portion 14. Each of the two first guiding grooves 141 extends from the first interior portion 14 toward the first exterior portion 15. Each of the first auxiliary guiding grooves 142 also extends from the first interior portion 14 toward the first exterior portion 15. An extending direction of each of the two first guiding grooves 141 is substantially parallel to an extending direction of each of the first auxiliary guiding grooves 142. The two first guiding grooves 141 are configured to guide the coupling member 32. The coupling member 32 can slide along the extending direction of the two first guiding grooves 141, thereby avoiding a movement along a direction perpendicular to the extending direction of the first guiding grooves 141 (i.e., a longitudinal direction of the first interior portion 14). The first auxiliary guiding grooves 142 are also configured to guide the coupling member 32. The coupling member 32 can slide along the extending direction of the first auxiliary guiding grooves 142, thereby avoiding a movement along a direction perpendicular to the extending direction of the first auxiliary guiding grooves 142 (i.e., a longitudinal direction of the first interior portion 14). Thus, the coupling member 32 can slide with respect to the first interior portion 14 of the first housing 10 smoothly.

    [0016] As illustrated in FIG. 4, in the present embodiment, the first interior portion 14 defines two first mounting grooves 143, thereby forming a first mounting portion 144 between the two first mounting grooves 143. Thus, the first front cover 11 has a first inner sidewall 112 on the first mounting portion 144. The two first mounting grooves 143 are located at two ends of the first inner sidewall 112. The two first mounting grooves 143 are arranged along a longitudinal direction of the first inner sidewall 112. Further, the first housing 10 includes a number of first bearings 145 (for example three bearings 145 are illustrated in FIG. 4) located in each of the two first mounting grooves 143. The first housing 10 further includes two second bearings 146 disposed on the first inner sidewall 112 face to face. The two second bearings 146 are separated along the longitudinal direction of the first inner sidewall 112.

    [0017] Additionally, the first housing 10 may include two first supporters 17 and a first auxiliary supporter 18. The two first supporters 17 can be mounted in the two first mounting grooves 143 one by one. The first auxiliary supporter 18 can be mounted on the first mounting portion 144. In the present embodiment, each of the two first supporters 17 is installed into the corresponding first mounting groove 143 and coupled to the first bearings 145 by screws. The first rear cover 12 may be configured to support the first supporter 17 exposed from the first front cover 11. Thus, a structure strength of the first housing 10 can be enhanced. The first auxiliary supporter 18 is coupled to the first mounting portion 144. One end of the first auxiliary supporter 18 is coupled to the one of the two second bearings 146 by screw; the other end of the first auxiliary supporter 18 is coupled to the other of the two second bearings 146 by screw. Moreover, one of the two first supporters 17 is also coupled to one of the two second bearings 146 by screw; the other of the two first supporters 17 is also coupled to the other of the two second bearings 146 by screw. Thus, the first housing 10 can have a simple structure and the structure strength of the first housing 10 can be further enhanced.

    [0018] Each of the two first supporters 17 can have one first guiding groove 141 formed therein. The first auxiliary guiding grooves 142 can be formed in the first auxiliary supporter 18. The coupling member 32 can pass through the two first supporters 17 and the first auxiliary supporter 18 to be partially received in the two first guiding grooves 141 and the first auxiliary guiding grooves 142 and can slide along the two first guiding grooves 141 and the first auxiliary guiding grooves 142. It is easy to assemble the two first supporters 17 and the first auxiliary supporter 18 with the coupling member 32. Otherwise, it is also easy to disassemble the two first supporters 17 and the first auxiliary supporter 18 from the first front cover 11 to be repaired.

    [0019] The first housing 10 can be rotated with respect to the second housing 20 by the coupling member 32. In a rotating process, the coupling member 32 can slide with respect to the first interior portion 14 of the first housing 10. A sliding distance of the coupling member 32 relative to the first interior portion 14 can be determined by a rotating angle of the first housing 10 relative to the second housing 20. In general, the larger the rotating angle is, the longer the sliding distance of the coupling member 32 is.

    [0020] As illustrated in FIG. 5 and FIG. 6, the mobile terminal 900 is in the folded configuration. By a rotation of the first housing 10 with respect to the second housing 20, the first housing 10 can be stacked onto the second housing 20 so as to fold the mobile terminal 900. During rotating the first housing 10 with respect to the second housing 20, the coupling member 32 may slide from the first interior portion 14 to the first exterior portion 15. That is, the coupling member 32 may slide into the first housing 10. The coupling member 32 may stop sliding from the first interior portion 14 to the first exterior portion 15 until the first housing 10 is stacked onto the second housing 20. The first guiding grooves 141 may have a predetermined length along a direction from the first interior portion 14 to the first exterior portion 15(i.e., the extending direction of the first guiding grooves 141). The predetermined length is represented by H. The predetermined length is more than the sliding distance of the coupling member 32 relative to the first interior portion 14. Thus, the coupling member 32 sliding into the first guiding grooves 141 will not be in contact with the first front cover 11. The coupling member 32 sliding into the first guiding grooves 141 will not damage the first front cover 11. As illustrated in FIG. 7, the mobile terminal 900 is in the unfolded configuration. From the folded configuration to the unfolded configuration, the first housing 10 may be rotated with respect to the second housing 20. And then, the first housing 10 and the second housing 20 are substantially in a plane. During a process from the folded configuration to the unfolded configuration, the coupling member 32 may slide from the first exterior portion 15 to the first interior portion 14. That is, the coupling member 32 may slide away from the first exterior portion 15. Furthermore, the first housing 10 can be continually rotated with respect to the second housing 20 of the mobile terminal 900 in the unfolded configuration. Thus, the mobile terminal 900 can be from the unfolded configuration to the angular configuration. The coupling member 32 may continually slide from the first exterior portion 15 to the first interior portion 14. A distance of the first interior portion 14 (i.e., the openings 147) and a side of the coupling member 32 in the angular configuration is nearer than a distance of the first interior portion 14 (i.e., the openings 147) and the side of the coupling member 32 in the unfolded configuration.

    [0021] In order to prevent the coupling member 32 from sliding out of the first guiding grooves 141 and the first auxiliary guiding grooves 142, the first housing 10 may further include a first blocking element 19. The first blocking element 19 is configured to block the coupling member 32 sliding towards to the first interior portion 14. Thus, the coupling member 32 will not be detached from the first interior portion 14 of the first housing 10. The first housing 10 may further include at least one first locating element 110. A location of the coupling member 32 relative to the first housing 10 can be fixed by the first locating element. That is, the first locating element 100 is configured for locating a location of the first connection part 3211 along the sliding direction of first connection part 3211. An angle between the first housing 10 and the second housing 20 of the mobile terminal 900 in the angular configuration is depended on the location of the coupling member 32 relative to the first housing 10. It is noted that, the angle between the first housing 10 and the second housing 20 of the mobile terminal 900 can be in a range from 0 to 240°. For example, the angle can be 15°, 26°, 30°, 38°, 109°, 120°, or 201°.

    [0022] As illustrated in FIG.8 ,FIG.9 and FIG.10 , in the present embodiment, the second housing 20 includes a second front cover 21 and a second rear cover 22. The second rear cover 22 is coupled to the second front cover 21 to form a second accommodating cavity 23. The second accommodating cavity 23 is configured for accommodating the electronic component group 300 (as illustrated in FIG. 1). The second front cover 21 includes a second supporting surface 211. The second supporting surface 211 is configured for supporting the second portion 42 of the flexible display panel 40 (as illustrated in FIG. 1). The second rear cover 22 may be coupled to the second front cover 21 and located on a side of the second front cover 21 opposite to the second supporting surface 211. The second rear cover 22 has a second rear surface 221 far away from the second front cover 21. The first supporting surface 111 and the second supporting surface 221 are configured for supporting the flexible display panel 40.

    [0023] As illustrated in FIG. 9 and FIG. 10, the second housing 20 includes a second interior portion 24 and a second exterior portion 25. The second interior portion 24 is coupled to the connecting module 30, and the second exterior portion 25 is far away from the connecting module 30. In the present embodiment, the second interior portion 24 is coupled to the connecting member 31 and the coupling member 32. The connecting member 31 is fixed to the second interior portion 24, and the coupling member 32 is slidably coupled to the second interior portion 24. The second exterior portion 25 is configured to be coupled to the second portion 42 of the flexible display panel 40. For example, an edge of the second portion 42 far away from the first portion 41 is coupled to the second exterior portion 25 of the second housing 20. The second portion 42 of the flexible display panel 40 is positioned on the second supporting surface 211. Thus, the second housing 20 can support the second portion 42 of the flexible display panel 40 effectively. The second housing 20 is similar to the first housing 10, according to the description of the first housing 10 (including the first supporter 17, the first auxiliary supporter 18, the first blocking element 19, the first locating member 110, etc.), the corresponding structure of the second housing 20 can be understood and not described here. The second housing 20 may include a second groove similar to the first groove 16 for partially receiving the coupling member 32. That is, the second housing 20 is configured for receiving the second connection part 3212 of the coupling member 32. The coupling member 32 can be partially received in at least one of the first groove 16 and the second groove and is slidable with respect to the first housing 10 and the second housing 20.

    [0024] In the present embodiment, the mobile terminal 900 can be in the folded configuration, the angular configuration, or the unfolded configuration. From the unfolded configuration to the folded configuration or the angular configuration, the first housing 10 and the second housing 20 are close to each other by bending the connecting member 31 of the connecting module 30. From the folded configuration to the unfolded configuration or the angular configuration, the first housing 10 and the second housing 20 are far away from each other.

    [0025] The connecting member 31 is configured to couple the first housing 10 to the second housing 20. As illustrated in FIG. 11, the connecting member 31 may include a first connecting portion 311, a second connecting portion 312 and a body portion 318 between the first connecting portion 311 and the second connecting portion 312. The first connecting portion 311 and the second connecting portion 312 are located at two opposite sides of a longitudinal central line of the body portion 318. The first connecting portion 311 is configured to be coupled to the first housing 10, and the second connecting portion 312 is configured to be coupled to the second housing 20. The connecting member 31 is bendable, and even foldable. The first housing 10 and the second housing 20 can be angular or stacked by bending the connecting member 31. The first connecting portion 311, the second connecting portion 312 and the body portion 318 can be integrally formed. In some embodiments, the first connecting portion 311, the second connecting portion 312 and the body portion 318 can be individually formed and coupled.

    [0026] The body portion 318 may include a first connecting side 313 and a second connecting side 313'. The first connecting portion 311 and the second connecting portion 312 are located two opposite sides of the connecting member 31. The first connecting side 313 and the second connecting side 313' are opposite and located between the first connecting portion 311 and the second connecting portion 312. A length of the first connecting portion 311 is equal to a length of the second connecting portion 312. The length of the first connecting portion 311 is more than a length of each of the first connecting side 313 and the second connecting side 313'. The first connecting portion 311 is configured to be coupled to the first interior portion 14 of the first housing 10 (as illustrated in FIG. 2). The second connecting portion 312 is configured to be coupled to the second interior portion 24 of second housing 20 (as illustrated in FIG. 10). In one embodiment, the first connecting portion 311 is welded to the first interior portion 14. The second connecting portion 312 is welded to the second interior portion 24. The body portion 318 defines a number of through holes 314 therein. The through holes 314 are arranged along a longitudinal direction of the body portion 318. The through holes 314 are equally spaced. Each of the through holes 314 is strip-shaped, a longitudinal direction of each of the through holes 314 is perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the body portion 318. That is, the longitudinal direction of each of the through holes 314 is substantially parallel to the first connecting side 313 and the second connecting side 313'. The through holes 314 can reduce an elastic stress of the connecting member 31 during bending the body portion 318. Thus, a force applied to the flexible display panel 40 by the connecting member 31 can be reduced. It is noted that, a configuration of each of the through holes 314 can be circle.

    [0027] The first connecting portion 311 and the second connecting portion 312 may be close to each other by bending the body portion 318. The first housing 10 can move with the first connecting portion 311, and the second housing 20 can move with the second connecting portion 312. Thus, the first housing 10 can be rotated relative to the second housing 20 to be close to each other, and then the mobile terminal 900 is folded by bending the body portion 318. Otherwise, the first housing 10 can be rotated relative to the second housing 20 to be far away from each other, and then the mobile terminal 900 is unfolded. The coupling member 32 can be also folded or unfolded during bending or unbending the body portion 318 correspondingly. The first connecting side 313 and the second connecting side 313' are overlapped with two opposite sides of the flexible display panel 40. Thus, the connecting member 31 can support the flexible display panel 40 and the housing assembly 100 can have a good appearance. The connecting member 31 can be made of an elastic steel sheet. Thus, the connecting member 31 can support the flexible display panel 40 effectively.

    [0028] It is noted that, the first connecting portion 311 of the connecting member 31 can be coupled to the first housing 10 by means of screw. The second connecting portion 312 of the connecting member 31 can be coupled to the first housing 10 by means of screw.

    [0029] Further, the body portion 318 may define a number of welding holes 315 therein. The welding holes 315 can be arranged along a longitudinal direction of the body portion 318. Each of the welding holes 315 has a geometric center, the geometric centers of the welding holes 315 are arranged along the longitudinal central line of the body portion 318. The welding holes 315 are configured for welding the coupling member 32 to the body portion 318. Thus, the coupling member 32 welded to the body portion 318 can be prevented from a movement along a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the body portion 318 (i.e., perpendicular to a sliding direction of the coupling member 32) with respect to the connecting member 31.

    [0030] As illustrated in FIG.12 and FIG. 13, in an exemplary embodiment, the coupling member 32 may include a first connection part 3211 (a part in a region defined by a dotted line) and a second connection part 3212 (a part in a region defined by a dotted line). The first connection part 3211 is slidably coupled to the first housing 10, and the second connection part 3212 is slidably coupled to the second housing 20. In an exemplary embodiment, the first connection part 3211 may include two first sliding plates 3213 and a number of first auxiliary sliding plates 3214 located between the two first sliding plates 3213. The two first sliding plates 3213 are located in the two first guiding grooves 141 respectively and can slide in the corresponding first guiding groove 141 (as illustrated in FIG. 2) with respect to the first housing 10. Each of the first auxiliary sliding plates 3214 is located in the corresponding first auxiliary guiding groove 142 and can slide in the corresponding first auxiliary guiding groove 142 with respect to the first housing 10. Additionally, each of the two first sliding plates 3213 is substantially parallel to the first supporting surface 111. Each of the two first sliding plate 3213 includes two sliding surfaces 3221. The two sliding surfaces 3221 are located on two opposite sides of the first sliding plate 3213. The two sliding surfaces 3221 are parallel to each other, and parallel to the longitudinal direction of the first sliding plate 3213. The first sliding plate 3211 can slide in the first guiding groove 141. A sliding direction of the first connection part 3211 with respect to the first housing 10 is perpendicular to the hinge shaft 329. Each of the first auxiliary sliding plate 3214 is also substantially parallel to the first supporting surface 111. A longitudinal direction of each of the first auxiliary sliding plate 3214 is substantially parallel to the longitudinal direction of the first sliding plate 3213. The first auxiliary sliding plates 3214 are spaced and arranged between the two first sliding plate 3213. The first auxiliary sliding plate 3214 can slide in the first auxiliary guiding groove 142. A lateral surface of the first auxiliary sliding plate 3214 is in contact with the first auxiliary guiding grooves 142. Thus, the first auxiliary sliding plate 3214 can slide with respect to the first housing 10 smoothly. A sliding direction of the second connection part 3212 with respect to the second housing 20 is substantially perpendicular to the hinge shaft 329.

    [0031] In an exemplary embodiment, the second connection part 3212 may include two second sliding plates 3215 and a number of second auxiliary sliding plates 3216. The second auxiliary sliding plates 3216 are located between the two second sliding plates 3215. The two second sliding plates 3215 are slidably coupled to the second housing 20 (i.e., the second supporter of the second housing 20, the second supporter is similar to the first supporter 17 and not described here). The two second sliding plates 3215 can slide in two first guiding grooves 141 defined in the second supporter of the second housing 20. The second auxiliary sliding plates 3216 are slidably coupled to the second housing 20 (i.e., the second auxiliary supporter of the second housing 20, the second auxiliary supporter is similar to the first auxiliary supporter 18 and not described here). The second auxiliary sliding plates 3216 can slide in a number of first auxiliary guiding grooves 142 defined in the second auxiliary supporter of the second housing 20. Each of the second sliding plates 3215 is similar to the first sliding plate 3213, and each of the second auxiliary sliding plates 3216 is similar to the first auxiliary sliding plate 3214.

    [0032] As illustrated in FIG. 12 and FIG. 14, the coupling member 32 includes a linkage part 326 (a part located in a region defined by a dotted line in FIG. 12). The linkage part 326 includes at least one first hinge element 327, at least one second hinge element 328 and a hinge shaft 329 for pivotally coupling the first hinge element 327 and the second hinge element 328. The first hinge element 327 can be rotated with respect to the second hinge element 328 by the hinge shaft 329. The first connection part 3211 and the second connection part 3212 can be either close to or far away from each other by a rotation of one of the first hinge element 327 of the linkage part 326 and the second hinge element 328 of the linkage part 326 around the hinge shaft 329. The first connection part 3211 is configured to be slidably coupled the first housing 10, the second connection part 3212 is configured to be slidably coupled the second housing 20. An arrangement direction of the two first sliding plate 3213 of each of the first connection part 3211 is substantially parallel to the hinge shaft 329. The first connection part 3211 and the second connection part 3212 of the coupling member 32 are symmetrical with respect to the hinge shaft 329. A distance of the hinge shaft 329 and the first housing 10 is substantially equal to a distance of the hinge shaft 329 and the second housing 20. The hinge shaft 329 is substantially overlapped with a geometric central line of the connecting member 31. The linkage part 326 can be folded and unfolded by rotating one of the first hinge element 327 and the second hinge element 328 around the hinge shaft 329. The linkage part 326 can be configured to support the connecting member 31. In one exemplary embodiment, the linkage part 326 may include a number of first hinge elements 327 and a number of second hinge elements 328. The first hinge elements 327 are arranged along the longitudinal direction of the hinge shaft 329. The second hinge elements 328 are arranged along the longitudinal direction of the hinge shaft 329. The first hinge elements 327 and the second hinge elements 328 are alternatively arranged along the longitudinal direction of the hinge shaft 329.

    [0033] As illustrated in FIG. 14, the first hinge element 327 may include a first interior side 3271, a first exterior side 3272 and two first sidewalls 3273. The first interior side 3271 and the first exterior side 3272 are located at two opposite sides of the first hinge element 327. The two first sidewalls 3273 are located on two opposite sides of the first hinge element 327. Each of the two first sidewalls 3273 is adjacent to the first interior side 3271 and the first exterior side 3272. One of the two first sidewalls 3273 defines a shaft hole near to the first interior side 3271. The hinge shaft 329 can pass through the shaft hole. Thus, the hinge shaft 329 can penetrate through first interior side 3271 of the first hinge element 327. The first hinge element 327 can be rotated around the hinge shaft 329. The first interior side 3271 is rotatably coupled to the hinge shaft 329. In addition, the first interior side 3271 can have a curved surface. A profile of a cross-section of the curved surface is semicircle-shaped. A central axis of the semicircle-shaped profile can be overlapped with the axis of the hinge shaft 329. Thus, during rotating the first hinge element 327 and the second hinge element 328, the first hinge element 327 and the second hinge element 328 will not be interfered with each other. The first exterior side 3272 can have a similar structure so as to avoid an interference caused by the first exterior side 3272 to the other component. The first exterior side 3272 can also be pivotally coupled with the first connection part 3211. The first hinge element 327 can be made of metal. An anodic oxidation treatment can be applied to a surface of the first hinge element 327. Thus, the first hinge element 327 can have a good appearance. In one exemplary embodiment, the first hinge element 327 can be curved. Thus, the first hinge element 327 can provide a support to the connecting member 31.

    [0034] As illustrated in FIG. 14, the second hinge element 328 may include a second interior side 3281, a second exterior side 3282 and two second sidewalls 3283. The second interior side 3281 and the second exterior side 3282 are located at two opposite sides of the second hinge element 328. The two second sidewalls 3283 are located on two opposite sides of the second hinge element 328. Each of the two second sidewalls 3283 is adjacent to the second interior side 3281 and the second exterior side 3282. One of the two second sidewalls 3283 defines a shaft hole near to the second interior side 3281. The hinge shaft 329 can pass through the shaft hole. Thus, the hinge shaft 329 can penetrate through second interior side 3281 of the second hinge element 328. The second interior side 3281 is rotatably coupled to the hinge shaft 329. The second sidewall 3283 is substantially parallel to the first sidewall 3273. A gap is formed between the second sidewall 3283 and the first sidewall 3273. Thus, the second hinge element 328 can be rotated around the hinge shaft 329 with respect to the first hinge element 327 smoothly. In addition, the second interior side 3281 can have a curved surface. A profile of a cross-section of the curved surface is semicircle-shaped. A central axis of the semicircle-shaped profile can be overlapped with the axis of the hinge shaft 329. Thus, during rotating the first hinge element 327 and the second hinge element 328, the first hinge element 327 and the second hinge element 328 will not be interfered with each other. The second exterior side 3282 can have a similar structure so as to avoid an interference caused by the second exterior side 3282 to the other component. The second exterior side 3282 can also be pivotally coupled with the second connection part 3212. The second hinge element 328 can be made of metal. An anodic oxidation treatment can be applied to a surface of the second hinge element 328. Thus, the second hinge element 328 can have a good appearance.

    [0035] Further, the coupling member 32 may include a damping mechanism 33. The damping mechanism 33 is configured to provide a damping force to the first hinge element 327 and the second hinge element 328 during rotating the first hinge element 327 with respect to the second hinge element 328. In a condition of the damping force, a position of the first hinge element 327 relative to the second hinge element 328 can be maintained. Thus, the angle of the first housing 10 and the second housing 20 can be maintained. That is, the mobile terminal 900 can be maintained in the folded configuration or the angular configuration.

    [0036] As illustrated in FIG.15, in the present embodiment, the linkage part 326 can further include a third hinge element 333, a fourth hinge element 334, a first auxiliary hinge shaft 335 and a second auxiliary hinge shaft 336. The third hinge element 333 can be made of metal. An anodic oxidation treatment can be applied to a surface of the third hinge element 333. Thus, the third hinge element 333 and the first hinge element 327 can have identical appearance. The fourth hinge element 334 can be made of metal. An anodico xidation treatment can be applied to a surface of the fourth hinge element 334. Thus, the fourth hinge element 334 and the first hinge element 327 can have identical appearance. In one exemplary embodiment, the first hinge element 327 can be curved. The third hinge element 333 is pivotally coupled with the first exterior side 3271 of the first hinge element 327 by the first auxiliary hinge shaft 335. The fourth hinge element 334 is pivotally coupled with the second exterior side 3282 of the second hinge element 328 by the second auxiliary hinge shaft 336.

    [0037] In one exemplary embodiment, the first auxiliary hinge shaft 335 is substantially parallel to the hinge shaft 329. The third hinge element 333 includes a third interior side 3331, a third exterior side 3332 and two third sidewalls 3333. The third interior side 3331 and the third exterior side 3332 are located at two opposite sides of the third hinge element 333. The two third sidewalls 3333 are located on two opposite sides of the third hinge element 333. Each of the two third sidewalls 3333 is adjacent to the third interior side 3331 and the third exterior side 3332. One of the two third sidewalls 3333 defines a shaft hole near to the third interior side 3331. The first auxiliary hinge shaft 335 can pass through the shaft hole. The third hinge element 333 can be rotated around the first auxiliary hinge shaft 335. That is, the third hinge element 333 is pivotally coupled with the first hinge element 327 by the first auxiliary hinge shaft 335. In addition, the first auxiliary hinge shaft 335 can pass through the shaft hole formed in the first exterior side 3272 of the first hinge element 327. Thus, the third coupling member 333 is pivotally coupled with the first hinge element 327 by the first auxiliary hinge shaft 335. The third coupling member 333 can be rotated relative to the first hinge element 327. In one exemplary embodiment, the linkage part 326 can further include a number of third hinge elements 333 and a number of first hinge elements 327. The third hinge elements 333 and the first hinge elements 327 are arranged alternatively along the first auxiliary hinge shaft 335.

    [0038] Additionally, one of the two third sidewalls 3333 of the third hinge element 333 may have a first extending portion 3334. An extending direction of the first extending portion 3334 is substantially parallel to the first auxiliary hinge shaft 335. An extending length is substantially equal to a distance of the two first sidewalls 3273 of the two adjacent first hinge elements 327 along the first auxiliary hinge shaft 335. The first extending portion 3334 of one of the two adjacent third hinge elements 333 along the first auxiliary hinge shaft 335 is in contact with the third sidewall 3333 of the other of the two adjacent third hinge elements 333 along the first auxiliary hinge shaft 335. Thus, a contact area of the linkage part 326 and the connecting member 31 can be increased. The performance of the linkage part 326 for supporting the connecting member 31 can be improved.

    [0039] The first connection part 3211 is coupled to the first hinge element 327 by the third hinge element 333. The first connection part 3211 (as illustrated in FIG. 12) of the coupling member 32 may include a number of third exterior sides 3332 of the third hinge elements 333. The two first sliding plate 3213 are coupled to the third exterior sides 3332 of the third hinge elements 333 at two ends of the first auxiliary hinge shaft 335 respectively. Each of the first sliding plates 3213 can be integrated with the corresponding third hinge element 333 at the end of the first auxiliary hinge shaft 335. The third exterior side 3213 has a side surface. For example, the side surface is a plane. The first sliding plate 3213 is substantially perpendicular to the side surface of the third exterior side 3213. The first auxiliary sliding plates 3214 are coupled to the third exterior sides 3332 of the third hinge elements 333 except the third hinge element 333 at the end of the first auxiliary hinge shaft 335. And then, the third hinge elements 333 can be slidably coupled to the first housing 10 by the first sliding plate 3213 and the first auxiliary sliding plates 3214. Thus, the first connection part 3211 of the coupling member 32 can be slidably coupled to the first housing 10.

    [0040] In one exemplary embodiment, the third sidewall 3333 of the third hinge element 333 can be substantially parallel to the first sidewall 3273 of the first hinge element 327. A gap can be formed between the third sidewall 3333 of the third hinge element 333 and the first sidewall 3273 of the first hinge element 327 adjacent to the third hinge element 333 along the first auxiliary hinge shaft 335. Thus, the first hinge element 327 can be rotated relative to the third hinge element 333 smoothly. In addition, the third interior side 3331 can be have a curved surface. A profile of a cross-section of the curved surface is semicircle-shaped. A central axis of the semicircle-shaped profile can be overlapped with the axis of the first auxiliary hinge shaft 335. Thus, during rotating the third hinge element 333 and the first hinge element 327, the first hinge element 327 and the third hinge element 333 will not be interfered with each other. Moreover, the first extending portion 3334 may have a curved surface facing the first hinge element 327. A profile of a cross-section of the curved surface is also semicircle-shaped.

    [0041] The damping mechanism 33 may further include a first auxiliary damping member 332. Each of the first auxiliary damping members 332 is located between the first hinge element 327 and the third hinge element 333 adjacent to the first hinge element 327 along the first auxiliary hinge shaft 335. The first auxiliary damping member 332 is configured to provide a damping force to the first hinge element 327 and the third hinge element 333 during rotating the first hinge element 327 with respect to the third hinge element 333. In a condition of the damping force, a position of the third hinge element 333 relative to the first hinge element 327 can be maintained. Thus, the angle of the first housing 10 and the second housing 20 can be maintained.

    [0042] The fourth hinge element 334 is similar to the third hinge element 333. When the coupling member 32 is assembled, a second extending portion 3344 of the fourth hinge element 334 and the first extending portion 3334 of the third hinge element 333 are in opposite directions. The fourth hinge element 334 and the second hinge element 328 are alternatively arranged along the second auxiliary hinge shaft 336. The second connection part 3212 (as illustrated in FIG. 12) of the coupling member 32 may include a number of third exterior sides 3342 of the fourth hinge elements 334. Thus, the second connection part 3212 of the coupling member 32 can be slidably coupled to the second housing 20. In order to maintain a position of the fourth hinge element 334 relative to the second hinge element 328, the damping mechanism 33 may further include a second auxiliary damping member 340. Thus, the first housing 10 and the second housing 20 can be in the angular configuration with a predetermined angle. The second auxiliary damping member 340 is configured for providing a damping force to the fourth hinge element 334 and the second hinge element 328 to prevent the fourth hinge element 334 from rotating relative to the second hinge element 328. The fourth damping member 340 is similar to the first damping member 331. The first elastic ring 3313 of the second auxiliary damping member 340 is sleeved on the second auxiliary hinge shaft 326, and is located between the second hinge element 328 and a first damping ring 3311 of the second auxiliary damping member 340. A second elastic ring 3314 of the second auxiliary damping member 340 is sleeved on the second auxiliary hinge shaft 326, and is located between the fourth hinge element 334 and a second damping ring 3312 of the second auxiliary damping member 340.

    [0043] As illustrated in FIG. 12 and FIG. 16, the first connection part 3211 of the coupling member 32 is slidably coupled to the first housing 10 (see FIG.1) and the second connection part 3212 of the coupling member 32 is slidably coupled to the second housing 20 (see FIG.1). The coupling member 32 is connect to the connecting member 31. Thus, the coupling member 32 is prevented from sliding along a direction perpendicular to the hinge shaft 329 with respect to the connecting member 31. That is, the coupling member 32 and the connecting member 31 should be slide either from the first interior portion 14 to the first exterior portion 15 together or from the first exterior portion 15 to the first interior portion 14 together. Thus, the coupling member 32 can support the connecting member 31 effectively. The connecting module 30 may further include a positioning member 34. In one exemplary embodiment, the positioning member 34 includes a first end 341 and a second end 342 opposite the first end 341. The first end 341 is coupled to the connecting member 31, and the second end 344 is coupled to the coupling member 32. The positioning member 34 is configured to prevent the coupling member 32 from moving to the first housing 10 or the second housing 20 with respect to the connecting member 31. In one embodiment, the first end 341 is coupled to the connecting member 31, and the second end 342 is configured to prevent the coupling member 32 from moving with respect to the connecting member 31. A distance of the positioning member 34 and the first housing 10 is substantially equal to a distance of the positioning member 34 and the second housing 20. The coupling member 32 is coupled to the connecting member 31 by the positioning member 34. Thus, the coupling member 32 will not move towards the first housing 10 or the second housing 20 relative to the connecting member 31.

    [0044] As illustrated in FIG. 16, FIG. 17, FIG. 18 and FIG. 19, in an exemplary embodiment, the first end 341 includes a raised portion 343. The raised portion 343 is raised far away from the second end 342. The second end 342 have a through hole 344. A central axis of through hole 344 is substantially perpendicular to a raising direction of the raised portion 343. The central axis of through hole 344 is substantially parallel to the hinge shaft 329. In addition, the connecting member 31 defines a number of welding holes 315. Each of the welding holes 315 has a geometric center. The geometric centers of the welding holes 315 are arranged along a longitudinal geometric central line of the connecting member 31. The raised portion 343 of the positioning member 34 of the first hinge element 327 received in the welding hole 315 and welded to the connecting member 31. As illustrated in FIG. 42, the first interior side 3271 of the first hinge element 327 have a cutout 3275 facing the connecting member 31. The second end 342 of the positioning member 34 is received in the cutout 3275. The hinge shaft 329 pass through the through hole 344 and the cutout 3275. The second end 342 is coupled to the hinge shaft 329. That is, the positioning member 34 will not be rotated around the hinge shaft 329. Thus, the positioning member 342 can be rotated with respect to the first hinge element 327 by rotating the hinge shaft 329 in the cutout 3275. The longitudinal geometric central line of the connecting member 31 may be substantially parallel to and overlapped with the longitudinal geometric central line of the coupling member 32. The coupling member 32 will not move towards the first housing 10 or the second housing 20 relative to the connecting member 31. The coupling member 32 can provide a support to the connecting member 31 effectively. The connecting module 30 can provided a support to the flexible display panel 40 effectively. In one embodiment, the connecting member 31 may define a number of welding holes 315. Each of the welding holes 315 faces one first hinge element 327. It is noted that, the connecting member 31 may define a number of welding holes 315 facing the second hinge element 328. Correspondingly, the second hinge element 328 can define cutout 3275. The connecting module 34 may include a number of positioning members 34.

    [0045] As illustrated in FIG. 20 in an exemplary embodiment, a positioning member 34" is integrated with the connecting member 31. The positioning member 34" can be a connection plate. That is, the positioning member 34" is extended from the end of the connecting member 31. The connection plate is rigid. The positioning member 34" is substantially located at the geometric central line of the connecting member 31. An extending direction of positioning member 34 is perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the connecting member 31. The extending direction of the positioning member 34" and the geometric central line of the connecting member 31 are coplanar. A first end 341" of the positioning member 34" is coupled to the connecting member 31. A distance of the first end 341" and the first housing 10 is substantially equal to a distance of the first end 341" and the second housing 20. A second end 342" is far away from the connecting member 31. The positioning member 34" is substantially perpendicular to the connecting member 31. For example, the connecting member 31 with the positioning member 34" can be made of a metal plate by a punching process. Thus, two ends of the metal plate can be bent to form the two positioning members 34" coupled to the connecting member 31. The second end 342" of the positioning member 34" may define a positioning groove 348". The positioning groove 348" can be runway-shaped. The hinge shaft 329 includes two sliding rods 3291. The two sliding rods 3291 are respectively located at two ends of the hinge shaft 329. The sliding rods 3291 at one end of the hinge shaft 329 is slidably coupled to the positioning groove 348" of one positioning member 34", the sliding rod 3291 at the other end of the hinge shaft 329 is slidably coupled to the positioning groove 348" of the other positioning members 34". Thus, the hinge shaft 329 can slide along a longitudinal direction of the positioning groove 348". The longitudinal direction of the positioning groove 348" is substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the connecting member 31. The longitudinal geometric central line of the connecting member 31 and a longitudinal geometric central line of the positioning groove 348" are coplanar. The positioning groove 348" can prevent the coupling member 32 from moving towards the first housing 10 or the second housing 20 relative to the connecting member 31. When the rotating angel of the first housing 10 with respect to the second housing is more than 180°, the distance of the connecting member 31 and the coupling member 32 will be increased. At this time, the hinge shaft 329 may slide towards the second end 342" of the positioning groove 348" far away the first end 341. Thus, the positioning groove 348" can be configured to guide the hinge shaft 329 and to prevent the hinge shaft 329 from sliding out of the positioning member 34".

    [0046] In an exemplary embodiment, as illustrated in FIG.21, the second end 342" of the positioning member 34" can be fixed to the end of the hinge shaft 329 of the coupling member 32. The first end 341" of the positioning member 34" defines a positioning groove 348". The positioning groove 348" can be runway-shaped. A sliding rod 349 is disposed at the first connecting side 313 of the connecting member 31. It is noted that, another sliding rod 349 can be disposed at the second connecting side 313' of the connecting member 31. An axis of the sliding rod 349 is overlapped with a longitudinal geometric central line of the connecting member 31. The sliding rod 349 is slidably coupled to the positioning groove 348" of the positioning members 34". Thus, the first coupling member 329 can slide along a longitudinal direction of the positioning groove 348". The longitudinal direction of the positioning groove 348" is substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the connecting member 31. The longitudinal geometric central line of the connecting member 31 and a longitudinal geometric central line of the positioning groove 348" are coplanar. The coupling member 32 cab be prevented from move towards the first housing 10 or the second housing 20 relative to the connecting member 31.

    [0047] The housing assembly 100 is configured for carrying the display device 200, and protecting the electronic component 300. The first housing 10 is configured for supporting the first portion 41 of the flexible display panel 40. The second housing 20 is configured for supporting the second display portion of the flexible display panel 40. The connection module 30 can be folded or unfolded, and is configured for supporting the third portion 43 of the flexible display panel 40.

    [0048] As illustrated in FIG.1 and FIG. 22, in the present embodiment, the flexible display panel 40 includes a first portion 41, a second portion 42 and a bendable portion 43 between the first portion 41 and the second portion 42. The first portion 41 is attached to the first supporting surface 111, the second display portion is attached to the second supporting surface 121. The first portion 41 can move with the first housing 10, and the second portion 42 can move with the second housing 20. Thus, the mobile terminal 900 may include a first display portion 901, a second display portion 902 and a bending display portion 903. The first display portion 901 is equipped with the first portion 41, the second display portion 902 is equipped with the second portion 42, and the bending display portion 903 is equipped with the third portion 43. The first display portion 901 includes a first display surface 9011 and a first rear surface 121 (i.e., the first rear surface 121 of the first housing 10, see FIG. 3). The second display portion 902 includes a second display surface 9021 and a second rear surface 121 (i.e., the second rear surface 221 of the first housing 20, see FIG. 3). It is noted that, the first display surface 9011 and the second display surface 9021 are parts of a display surface of the flexible display panel 40. The first display surface 9011 of the first portion 41 can be positioned on the first housing 10, the second display surface 9021 of the second portion 42 can be positioned on the second housing 20.

    [0049] As illustrated in FIG. 22, the mobile terminal 900 in the unfolded configuration can be used with a large display area. For example, the first housing 10 and the second housing 20 are arranged in a plane (i.e., the first display portion 901 and the second display portion 902 are arranged in a plane), the mobile terminal 900 can be used as a tablet computer. The mobile terminal 900 can provide a large display area to the user, thereby improving the user's experience. As illustrated in FIG. 23, the mobile terminal 900 in the folded configuration can be used with a small display area. For example, the first housing 10 is stacked on the second housing 20 (i.e., the first display portion 901 is stacked on the second display portion 902). Thus, the mobile terminal 900 can be used as a mobile phone. It is convenient for a user to carry the mobile terminal 900 in the folded configuration. As illustrated in FIG. 24 and FIG. 25, the mobile terminal 900 in the angular configuration can be used with a bent display area. The angle of the first housing 10 and the second housing 20 is formed. The rotating angle of the first housing 10 with respect to the second housing 20 can be more than 180° (the rotating angle illustrated in FIG.24 is 270°). The rotating angle of the first housing 10 with respect to the second housing 20 can be in a range from 0 to 180° (the rotating angle illustrated in FIG.25 is 90°). Thus, the mobile terminal 900 can be used as a notebook computer.

    [0050] In an exemplary embodiment, as illustrated in FIG. 26, the mobile terminal 900 may include two second display portions 902. The two second display portions 902 are coupled to the two sides of the first display portions 901 respectively. Correspondingly, the housing assembly 100 may include two second housings 20. The two second housings 20 are coupled to two sides of the first housing 10 by a connecting module 30 respectively. The flexible display panel 40 includes two second part 42. The two second part 42 are coupled to two sides of the first part 41. A third part 43 is coupled between the first part 41 and each of the second part 42. The second housing 20 are configured to support the two second parts 42. The connecting module 30 is configured to support the third part 43.

    [0051] As illustrated in FIG. 27, the mobile terminal 900 may further include a flexible transparent cover 60 covering on the flexible display panel 40. The flexible transparent cover 60 is attached on the flexible display panel 40. A periphery of the flexible transparent cover 60 is coupled to the first housing 10, the second housing 20 and the connecting member 31. The flexible transparent cover 60 is configured to protect the flexible display panel 40.

    [0052] As illustrated in FIG. 28, in the present embodiment, the electronic component 300 may include a first electronic module 71, a second electronic module 72 and a flexible circuit board 73. The first electronic module 71 is electrically connected to the second electronic module 72 by the flexible circuit board 73. The first electronic module 71 is received in the first accommodating cavity 13, and the second electronic module 72 is received in the second accommodating cavity 23. The first electronic module 71 may include a printed circuit board and a number of functional components disposed on the printed circuit board. For example, the electronic module 71 can include a main board, a central processor, a memory, an antenna, a camera, and a receiver, etc. The second electronic module 72 may include a printed circuit board and a number of functional components disposed on the printed circuit board. The second electronic module 72 can be different from the first electronic module 71. For example, the second electronic module 72 can include a battery, a connector, finger print module, etc.


    Claims

    1. A housing assembly (100), comprising:

    a first housing (10);

    a second housing (20); and

    a connecting module (30), comprising:

    a connecting member (31), comprising:

    a first connecting portion (311) configured to be coupled to the first housing (10);

    a second connecting portion (312) configured to be coupled to the second housing (20); and

    a body portion (318) defining a plurality of through holes (314) and a plurality of welding holes (315) therein, the body portion (318) being located between the first connecting portion (311) and the second connecting portion (312), the first connecting portion (311) and the second connecting portion (312) being close to each other by bending the body portion (318);

    a coupling member (32), coupled between the first housing (10) and the second housing (20), facing the connecting member (31), and being configured to support the connecting member (31); and

    a positioning member (34), coupled between the connecting member (31) and the coupling member (32), and being configured to prevent a movement of the coupling member (32) along a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the body portion (318) relative to the first connecting member (31);

    wherein each of the plurality of through holes (314) is strip-shaped, and a longitudinal direction of each of the plurality of through holes (314) is perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the body portion (318);

    wherein the positioning member (34) comprises a first end (341) coupled to the connecting member (31) and a second end (342) coupled to the coupling member (32), the first end (341) includes a raised portion (343) raised far away from the second end (342), and the raised portion (343) of the positioning member (34) is received in the welding hole (315) and welded to the connecting member (31).


     
    2. The housing assembly (100) as claimed in claim 1, characterized in that the body portion (318) comprises a first connecting side (313) and a second connecting side (313'), the first connecting side (313) and the second connecting side (313') are opposite and located between the first connecting portion (311) and the second connecting portion (312), the length of the first connecting portion (311) is more than the length of each of the first connecting side (313) and the second connecting side (313').
     
    3. The housing assembly (100) as claimed in any one of claims 1-2, characterized in that the second end (342) has a through hole (344), a central axis of through hole (344) is substantially perpendicular to a raising direction of the raised portion (343).
     
    4. The housing assembly (100) as claimed in claim 3, characterized in that the coupling member (32) includes a linkage part (326) configured to support the connecting member (31), the linkage part (326) includes at least one first hinge element (327), at least one second hinge element (328) and a hinge shaft (329) for pivotally coupling the first hinge element (327) and the second hinge element (328), the hinge shaft (329) passes through the through hole (344).
     
    5. The housing assembly (100) as claimed in any of claims 1-4, characterized in that the plurality of through holes (314) are equally spaced and arranged along a longitudinal direction of the body portion (318), and the first connecting portion (311) and the second connecting portion (312) are located on two opposite sides of a longitudinal central line of the body portion (318), each of the plurality of welding holes (315) has a geometric center, the geometric centers of the plurality of welding holes (315) are arranged along the longitudinal central line of the body portion (318).
     
    6. An electronic device (900) comprising:

    a flexible display panel (40);

    an electronic component group (300); and

    a housing assembly (100) as claimed in any one of claims 1-5;

    wherein the flexible display panel (40) is positioned on the first housing (10), the second housing (20) and the connecting member (31); and

    wherein the electronic component group (300) is positioned in the first housing (10) and the second housing (20) and electrically connected to the flexible display panel (40).


     


    Ansprüche

    1. Gehäusebaugruppe (100), umfassend:

    ein erstes Gehäuse (10);

    ein zweites Gehäuse (20); und

    ein Verbindungsmodul (30), umfassend:
    ein Verbindungselement (31), umfassend:

    einen ersten Verbindungsabschnitt (311), der zum Koppeln mit dem ersten Gehäuse (10) konfiguriert ist;

    einen zweiten Verbindungsabschnitt (312), der zum Koppeln mit dem zweiten Gehäuse (20) konfiguriert ist; und

    einen Körperabschnitt (318), der eine Mehrzahl von Durchgangslöchern (314) und eine Mehrzahl von Schweißlöchern (315) darin definiert, wobei der Körperabschnitt (318) zwischen dem ersten Verbindungsabschnitt (311) und dem zweiten Verbindungsabschnitt (312) angeordnet ist, wobei der erste Verbindungsabschnitt (311) und der zweite Verbindungsabschnitt (312) durch Biegen des Körperabschnitts (318) nahe beieinander liegen;

    ein Kopplungselement (32), das zwischen dem ersten Gehäuse (10) und dem zweiten Gehäuse (20) gekoppelt ist, dem Verbindungselement (31) zugewandt ist und konfiguriert ist, um das Verbindungselement (31) zu tragen; und

    ein Positionierungselement (34), das zwischen dem Verbindungselement (31) und dem Kopplungselement (32) gekoppelt und konfiguriert ist, um eine Bewegung des Kupplungselements (32) entlang einer Richtung rechtwinklig zu einer Längsrichtung des Körperabschnitts (318) relativ zum ersten Verbindungselement (31) zu verhindern;

    wobei jedes der Mehrzahl von Durchgangslöchern (314) streifenförmig ist und eine Längsrichtung jedes der Mehrzahl von Durchgangslöchern (314) rechtwinklig zu einer Längsrichtung des Körperabschnitts (318) ist;

    wobei das Positionierungselement (34) ein erstes Ende (341), das mit dem Verbindungselement (31) gekoppelt ist, und ein zweites Ende (342) umfasst, das mit dem Kopplungselement (32) gekoppelt ist, das erste Ende (341) einen erhöhten Abschnitt (343) aufweist, der weit weg vom zweiten Ende (342) erhöht ist, und der erhöhte Abschnitt (343) des Positionierungselements (34) in dem Schweißloch (315) aufgenommen und mit dem Verbindungselement (31) verschweißt ist.


     
    2. Gehäusebaugruppe (100) nach Anspruch 1, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass der Körperabschnitt (318) eine erste Verbindungsseite (313) und eine zweite Verbindungsseite (313') umfasst, wobei die erste Verbindungsseite (313) und die zweite Verbindungsseite (313 ') einander gegenüberliegen und zwischen dem ersten Verbindungsabschnitt (311) und dem zweiten Verbindungsabschnitt (312) angeordnet sind, wobei die Länge des ersten Verbindungsabschnitts (311) größer ist als die Länge jeder der ersten Verbindungsseite (313) und der zweiten Verbindungsseite (313') ist.
     
    3. Gehäusebaugruppe (100) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 2, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das zweite Ende (342) ein Durchgangsloch (344) aufweist, wobei eine zentrale Achse des Durchgangslochs (344) im Wesentlichen rechtwinklig zu einer Erhöhungsrichtung des erhöhten Abschnitts (343) ist.
     
    4. Gehäusebaugruppe (100) nach Anspruch 3, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das Kupplungselement (32) ein Kuppelteil (326) enthält, das konfiguriert ist, um das Verbindungselement (31) zu tragen, das Kuppelteil (326) mindestens ein erstes Gelenkelement (327), mindestens ein zweites Gelenkelement (328) und eine Gelenkwelle (329) zum schwenkbaren Koppeln des ersten Gelenkelements (327) und des zweiten Gelenkelements (328) umfasst und die Gelenkwelle (329) durch das Durchgangsloch (344) verläuft.
     
    5. Gehäusebaugruppe (100) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 4, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Mehrzahl von Durchgangslöchern (314) entlang einer Längsrichtung des Körperabschnitts (318) gleichmäßig beabstandet und angeordnet sind und der erste Verbindungsabschnitt (318), 311) und der zweite Verbindungsabschnitt (312) an zwei gegenüberliegenden Seiten einer Längsmittellinie des Körperabschnitts (318) angeordnet sind, wobei jedes der Mehrzahl von Schweißlöchern (315) ein geometrisches Zentrum aufweist, wobei die geometrischen Zentren der Vielzahl von Schweißlöchern (315) entlang der Längsmittellinie des Körperabschnitts (318) angeordnet sind.
     
    6. Elektronische Vorrichtung (900), umfassend:

    eine flexible Anzeigetafel (40);

    eine elektronische Komponentengruppe (300); und

    eine Gehäusebaugruppe (100) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 5;

    wobei die flexible Anzeigetafel (40) an dem ersten Gehäuse (10), dem zweiten Gehäuse (20) und dem Verbindungselement (31) positioniert ist; und

    wobei die elektronische Komponentengruppe (300) in dem ersten Gehäuse (10) und dem zweiten Gehäuse (20) positioniert und elektrisch mit der flexiblen Anzeigetafel (40) verbunden ist.


     


    Revendications

    1. Ensemble boîtier (100), comprenant :

    un premier boîtier (10) ;

    un deuxième boîtier (20) ; et

    un module de connexion (30), comprenant :

    un organe de connexion (31), comprenant :

    une première partie de connexion (311) configurée pour être accouplée au premier boîtier (10) ;

    une deuxième partie de connexion (312) configurée pour être accouplée au deuxième boîtier (20) ; et

    une partie corps (318) définissant une pluralité de trous traversants (314) et une pluralité de trous de soudage (315) dans celle-ci, la partie corps (318) étant située entre la première partie de connexion (311) et la deuxième partie de connexion (312), la première partie de connexion (311) et la deuxième partie de connexion (312) étant rapprochées l'une de l'autre en pliant la partie corps (318) ;

    un organe d'accouplement (32), accouplé entre le premier boîtier (10) et le deuxième boîtier (20), faisant face à l'organe de connexion (31) et étant configuré pour supporter l'organe de connexion (31) ; et

    un organe de positionnement (34), accouplé entre l'organe de connexion (31) et l'organe d'accouplement (32), et étant configuré pour empêcher un mouvement de l'organe d'accouplement (32) le long d'une direction perpendiculaire à une direction longitudinale de la partie corps (318) par rapport au premier organe de connexion (31) ;

    dans lequel chacun de la pluralité de trous traversants (314) est en forme de bande et une direction longitudinale de chacun de la pluralité de trous traversants (314) est perpendiculaire à une direction longitudinale de la partie corps (318) ;

    dans lequel l'organe de positionnement (34) comprend une première extrémité (341) accouplée à l'organe de connexion (31) et une deuxième extrémité (342) accouplée à l'organe d'accouplement (32), la première extrémité (341) inclut une partie surélevée (343), surélevée en éloignement de la deuxième extrémité (342), et la partie surélevée (343) de l'organe de positionnement (34) est reçue dans le trou de soudage (315) et soudée à l'organe de connexion (31).


     
    2. Ensemble boîtier (100) selon la revendication 1, caractérisé en ce que la partie corps (318) comprend un premier côté de connexion (313) et un deuxième côté de connexion (313'), le premier côté de connexion (313) et le deuxième côté de connexion (313') sont opposés et situés entre la première partie de connexion (311) et la deuxième partie de connexion (312), la longueur de la première partie de connexion (311) est supérieure à la longueur de chacun du premier côté de connexion (313) et du deuxième côté de connexion (313').
     
    3. Ensemble boîtier (100) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 2, caractérisé en ce que la deuxième extrémité (342) présente un trou traversant (344), un axe central du trou traversant (344) est sensiblement perpendiculaire à une direction d'élévation de la partie surélevée (343).
     
    4. Ensemble boîtier (100) selon la revendication 3, caractérisé en ce que l'organe d'accouplement (32) inclut une pièce de liaison (326) configurée pour supporter l'organe de connexion (31), la pièce de liaison (326) inclut au moins un premier élément d'articulation (327), au moins un deuxième élément d'articulation (328) et un arbre d'articulation (329) pour accoupler de manière pivotante le premier élément d'articulation (327) et le deuxième élément d'articulation (328), l'arbre d'articulation (329) passe à travers le trou traversant (344).
     
    5. Ensemble boîtier (100) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 4, caractérisé en ce que la pluralité de trous traversants (314) sont espacés de manière égale et disposés le long d'une direction longitudinale de la partie corps (318) et la première partie de connexion (311) et la deuxième partie de connexion (312) sont situées sur deux côtés opposés d'une ligne centrale longitudinale de la partie corps (318), chacun de la pluralité de trous de soudage (315) a un centre géométrique, les centres géométriques de la pluralité de trous de soudage (315) sont disposés le long de la ligne centrale longitudinale de la partie corps (318).
     
    6. Dispositif électronique (900), comprenant :

    un panneau d'affichage flexible (40) ;

    un groupe de composants électroniques (300) ; et

    un ensemble boîtier (100) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 5 ;

    dans lequel le panneau d'affichage flexible (40) est positionné sur le premier boîtier (10), le deuxième boîtier (20) et l'organe de connexion (31) ; et

    dans lequel le groupe de composants électroniques (300) est positionné dans le premier boîtier (10) et le deuxième boîtier (20) et connecté électriquement au panneau d'affichage flexible (40).


     




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