Xiaomi has long been rumoured to be working on a foldable smartphone which is set to arrive later this year. The company’s president, Lin Bin, has now confirmed the company is indeed working on a “double folding smartphone”, and has shared a video which shows a prototype of Xiaomi’s upcoming smartphone in action. The foldable smartphone has a unique symmetrical double-folding design which requires users to fold the smartphone from both the edges to shift from tablet mode to a smartphone form factor. Xiaomi’s foldable smartphone will reportedly run an optimized version of MIUI to seamlessly scale the screen content between the two usage scenarios.
At the start of this year, a leaked video showing the foldable phone from Xiaomi was leaked by popular tipster Evan Blass. The leaked video had revealed that the left and right portions of the screen could be folded to transform into a compact device. Today, Xiaomi President Lin Bin shared a hands-on video of its foldable phone. It appears to be the very same device that was leaked by Blass earlier this month. The company is yet to announce the official name of its phone with double folding design. Bin has said that he has thought of names like Xiaomi Dual Flex and Xiaomi MIX Flex for the foldable phone. He has asked Weibo users to suggest a good name for the phone.
Samsung is expected to debut its first foldable phone in the coming month. The smartphone can be opened like a book to access its foldable 7.3-inch display. However, Xiaomi’s upcoming foldable phone will be sporting a unique design. Xiaomi President Lin Bin claims that it will be the world’s double folding mobile phone. As it can be seen in the video, the screen of the phone can be folded from right and left sides.
Bin admitted that what he hopes will become “the world’s first dual-folding phone” is still just a prototype at this stage, but said that the company will consider mass producing it if the response from consumers is positive. Bin floated two possible names for the phone – the Mi Dual Flex and the Mi MIX Flex – although he said Xiaomi is open to suggestions from the public.
There is no information on the specs of the Xiaomi Dual Flex / MIX Flex. Probably, it could be packed with specs like Snapdragon 855 and 8 GB of RAM. Xiaomi has confirmed that it will be present at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 tech expo on Feb. 24. Probably, the Xiaomi Dual Flex / MIX Flex device may get unleased at MWC.