Xiaomi’s ambitious foldable smartphone is real after the company’s co-founder and president Lin Bin finally revealed that such device does exist. Bin took to Weibo where he posted a video featuring a prototype smartphone, which he calls as the “world’s first double folding mobile phone.”
In the 51 seconds video, Bin showed off a prototype version of a foldable smartphone. As was leaked earlier, the foldable device has a tablet-like screen that can be folded to form a smartphone.
In the Weibo post, Bin has discussed the technical challenges to create a device such as flexible folding screen technology, four-wheel drive folding shaft technology, flexible cover technology, and MIUI adaptation.
It is just a prototype at the moment, so don’t expect it to launch in the market any time soon. In fact, Xiaomi is undecided what to call the foldable smartphone. Bin has Xiaomi Dual Flex and Xiaomi Mi Flex as two possible names in the mind.
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Check out this special video from #Xiaomi President and Co-founder Bin Lin, showing off a very special phone prototype… 😎
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Xiaomi is among a handful of companies who sees the foldable smartphone as a giant leap over the phones that exist today. Samsung has already teased its foldable smartphone and is expected to officially launch it on February 20. Samsung has itself said that it plans to product around 1 million units of its foldable phones.
The Galaxy F as it is being called could come with two batteries, according to reports, totaling to 6000 mAh. Other players working on the foldable phone phenomena are Motorola, which is expected to launch foldable Moto Razr. A new patent showed the foldable Motorola Razr, while the WSJ reported that Moto Razr will launch as early as February .