More 3D renders of the upcoming foldable smartphone by Xiaomi have recently got leaked.
The report has come to Android Updated courtesy of Letsgodigital.
Late last year, LetsGoDigital obtained a research report from the Korean research agency CGS-CIMB Research. In this report, Xiaomi was first associated with the foldable smartphone. This source reported that Xiaomi will introduce a foldable smartphone in the second half of 2019.
More than two weeks ago, the Chinese manufacturer publicly stated that it has indeed a folding smartphone in development. Lin Bin, co-founder and CEO of Xiaomi, published a video showing a prototype of the bendable smartphone. The smartphone with a flexible display has a very unique design that can be folded twice. The display is on the outside and is folded around the housing.
Lin Bin reports with the video that the manufacturer has already overcome several technical problems, such as the flexible display, the folding mechanism, and the MIUI adjustment. The symmetric double folded design perfectly combines the experience of the tablet and a mobile phone, which is both practical and beautiful, according to the CEO. Two names are currently being considered for the prototype; Xiaomi Dual Flex and Xiaomi MIX Flex, the company is still open for suggestions.
Now that Xiaomi has confirmed that it has a collapsible phone in development, it is high time to show this special device. LetsGoDigital has had a series of professional 3D visualizations designed based on the foldable Xiaomi smartphone that can be seen in the teaser video.
The smartphone folds open to a slim tablet with very thin screen edges. You can fold the two sides of the screen and then close seamlessly, exactly in the middle, on the back of the device. It is a very elegant design! Once folded, you have a relatively short, wide telephone at your disposal. The smartphone is also remarkably thin. The on/off button can be found on the top, while the bottom offers space for a USB Type-C connection.
The user interface will, however, deviate from our 3D renders, Xiaomi will apply a modified version of its MIUI interface. The video shows that the interface works very smoothly. There is a remarkable amount of space between the app icons. In addition, the promotion video of Xiaomi shows that the interface is rotating. This way, once you have unfolded, you can operate the elongated tablet with one hand. The fold lines of the screen are then on the side, instead of on the top and bottom.
Unfortunately, much remains unclear about the camera. The video clearly shows a camera icon, from which we conclude that the device is in any case provided with a camera. However, no camera can be seen around the screen. And we also could not recognize a camera on the back, possibly under the hand of the CEO. Because if the camera is placed on the back, it remains possible to make selfies, by folding just one part of the screen.
Another alternative is that the camera is placed under the screen, but this does not seem likely. Finally, this technology is not even available for regular displays, to apply this with flexible screens will be even more difficult.
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