Less than a month after the video presentation of a foldable smartphone prototype, Xiaomi returned this Monday on this new type of smartphone. The Chinese manufacturer has detailed the challenges posed by this double folded smartphone format.
In late January, we discovered on the social network Weibo video of one of the co-founders of Xiaomi taking in hand a smartphone still new, with a screen with a double fold. Three weeks later, the Chinese manufacturer has returned to this prototype in the columns of the site LetsGoDigital, explaining that most of the innovations, with the exception of the slab itself, are from the laboratories of Xiaomi.
"Xiaomi is the first in the world to present a double folded smartphone with the same challenges in three different formats – with a single fold, a double fold or tablet. In order to find the best solution, Xiaomi has conducted research to develop a robust fold mechanism. […] Each innovation is the result of a partnership between the suppliers and the manufacturer of the device. It would be wrong to think that a foldable display can easily be turned into a collapsible smartphone without any technological input, "says Xiaomi.
Xiaomi Dual Flex or Xiaomi Mi Flex
According to LetsGoDigital website information, two names are currently under consideration for the collapsible smartphone of the Chinese manufacturer. It could be Xiaomi Dual Flex or Xiaomi Mi Flex. However, the Dutch website states that the manufacturer remains open to other proposals.
It is still unclear when the folding smartphone will be released to the general public, although the first elements suggest a commercialization in the second half of 2019. "Xiaomi confirmed that the smartphone was currently being tested in its laboratories, but that for the time being there was only a handful of available prototypes, "explains LetsGoDigital, who also made several rendering images of the device.