19 February 2019
There were rumors that Xiaomi has been working on a smartphone with a foldable display. First, it was seen in a randomly leaked video, another one was officially released by the company where it’s CEO and founder Bin Lin was shown using the foldable display smartphone.
Xiaomi’s foldable smartphone, unlike other devices seen till now, looks totally different and features a double folding design folding outwards. This by far has been the most practical implementation of a foldable display seen till now. Now the company, ahead of MWC, where a lot of brands are gearing up to launch their foldable devices, has spoken in detail about its concept phone.
Xiaomi stated that it is the first company to make a dual foldable phone and says that a foldable phone is much more than just its flexible display as it is dependent on a lot of other technologies as well. Xiaomi said that the display has been developed along with a supply chain partner. A few days back we heard that a Chinese display manufacturer Visionox is working with Xiaomi for its foldable display phones.
Xiaomi is said to have been working on a customized MIUI version for the device which can work in three different screen sizes i.e. tablet mode, with a single side fold and with both sides folded. Interestingly, neither the video shared by Xiaomi nor the renders created by LetsGoDigital have any space for a camera (both rear and front). So it would be interesting to see where Xiaomi places the camera.
Here’s the official statement from Xiaomi that was sent to LetsGoDigital:
The double folding smartphone is the latest innovation by Xiaomi. One of the key components of the phone, the flexible folding screen, is co-developed by Xiaomi and its supply chain partner. Aside from the screen, its design, folding mechanism and MIUI adaptation are developed by us.
Xiaomi is first in the world to present a double folding smartphone and has the same technical challenges posed in its three different form factors - double folded, single folded, and tablet form. Prior to finding the best solution, Xiaomi has conducted extensive research into the development of a robust folding mechanism.
Each innovation is the result of joint, cumulative R & D efforts from supply chain partners and the device manufacturer. It is misguided to think a folding screen can be easily turned into a folding smartphone without significant breakthroughs in technology. Each segment of the industrial chain has its unique contribution. Xiaomi believes that innovative products and great user experience are possible with sound collaboration and participation from all parties.