One of China’s major smartphone brand, Xiaomi, has become the latest smartphone maker to tease a folding smartphone. Xiaomi’s folding phone was revealed in a minute-long teaser video from the company. The company’s co-founder and president, Lin Bin posted the video on china’s social media platform weibo, the video also appeared on twitter showing how the double folding phone works.
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 Folding Phone Race
Earlier this month, Royole beats all smartphone makers to release the first folding phone at the CES in Las Vegas. For some time now, a lot of leaks has been released about Samsung’s folding phone prototype. However this Xiaomi’s recent teaser is the best so far, a folding phone that folds into three.
As revealed in the teaser video, this will be the first folding phone that folds into three, changing it from a tablet to a regular smartphone size with a fold at each edge. Xiaomi doesn’t provide many details about its foldable phone, but Bin reveals the device in the video is simply an engineering model.
To achieve this, Bin does note the Xiaomi has conquered “a series of technical problems such as flexible folding screen technology, four-wheel drive folding shaft technology, flexible cover technology, and MIUI (Xiaomi’s custom stock firmware for smartphones and tablet) adaptation.” Xiaomi appears to have adapted its MIUI software for the foldable phone, and a video is seen playing on the device before it converts from tablet to phone mode.
Xiaomi’s tweet teaser does not include any details about how near or far off a market launch of the device might be. Xiaomi’s folding phone is set to compete against devices like Samsung’s folding phone prototype and Chinese company Royole’s folding device. In addition to this is, Huawei which is also reportedly planning to launch a foldable device.
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