2019 is set to become the year of the foldable phone. Xiaomi is the next smartphone maker to bring out a smartphone that can be folded, but with a clever catch
The Chinese tech company’s president and co-founder, Bin Lin, showed off what the company’s take on the foldable phone looks like. The company claims that “it’s the world’s first ever double folding phone“. Instead of a single folding panel, the new teaser shows a smartphone with two screen panels, allowing the foldable phone to fold double.
Excited to share this video of a special Xiaomi smartphone from our President and Co-founder Bin Lin. It is the world’s first ever double folding phone — that’s pretty cool, isn’t it? #xiaomi #foldingphone #technology pic.twitter.com/iBj0n3vIbW
— Wang Xiang (@XiangW_) January 23, 2019
The two screen panels that are folded back on the Xiaomi phone, turn black, illuminating only the front screen once folded. In the video, you can see that the phone takes only a few seconds to calculate that the folding action has taken place, after adjusting the screen again.
Right now, the video teaser for the Xiaomi double foldable phone doesn’t have a ton of information to go on regarding the specifications and features of the device, with Bin Lin asking fans for their option on it. He says this foldable phone is a perfect combination between a table and a mobile phone, describing it as “both practical and beautiful“.
There are two name suggestions out for the foldable phone from Xiaomi, namely Xiaomi Dual Flex or Xiaomi MIX Flex. But the company is apparently still toying with the idea of whether or not to mass-produce a foldable phone in the first place, doubting whether consumers will take to them. Also, Bin Lin claims that it wasn’t easy to work out how to manufacture the foldable phone, explaining that [via Google Translate]
[We had to conquer] a series of technical problems such as flexible folding screen technology, four-wheel drive folding shaft technology, flexible cover technology, and MIUI adaptation.
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