Xiaomi teased a foldable smartphone prototype back in January but we haven’t really heard much from the company after that. It’s possible the firm is simply waiting for the right time to launch them.
Meanwhile, a 2018 patent filed by the Chinese company has recently been approved. It has also made its way into the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) database.
Spotted by LetsGoDigital, the Xiaomi patent shows a Moto Razr-like clamshell foldable phone. The device has a large display which folds in half in the middle, protecting the screen as a result. This is unlike the previous double-fold design we’ve seen on Xiaomi’s foldable prototype. It’s also starkly different from the likes of the Galaxy Fold and Mate X which open up to become a tablet.
Pop-up camera, second display
Unlike the Moto Razr, Xiaomi’s new foldable smartphone patent shows a pop-up selfie camera. The selfie camera setup includes a camera, a flash, and another unknown sensor which could help with face detection, notes LetsGoDigital.
There’s a separate rear camera system and a tiny display above it. The rear camera comprises a dual-sensor setup alongside the flash. The secondary display at the back looks to be a dedicated notification screen for when the phone is folded. It could help keep track of incoming calls and messages without having to unfold the main screen.
From the looks of it, the patented foldable phone does have a pretty realistic design. However, companies file many patents and it doesn’t necessarily mean Xiaomi will launch this phone. The company could just be covering its bases as far as foldable phones go, trying to find the right design it can eventually bring to the market.
Apart from Xiaomi, Samsung is also working on a clamshell foldable phone design. You can read all about it here.
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