The Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi, known for its affordable mobiles decided to display its technology in action. On the Chinese social network Weibo, Xiaomi co-founder and Chairman Lin Bin posted a video with a prototype that does not bend in two, but in three.
It is a mechanism that allows you to use the device as a tablet when unfolded, and as a smartphone, when folded.
The video opens on the unfolded terminal, in a tablet format that can be estimated around 8 inches diagonally. Lin Bin scrolls through content before folding it back to a smartphone format, with the interface adapting to a smaller display area.
The way to fold up the tablet presented by Xiaomi is also interesting. The terminal does not curve in half like at Royole or Samsung. The screen folds on both ends, to fall back to the back of the terminal. Moreover, the radius of curvature of the screen makes it possible to obtain a smartphone which remains rather thin.
Further than the video demonstration, no more information is given. It is observed however that the interface seems fluid and that the transition from tablet to smartphone is apparently simple.
According to Engadget, this is what Xiaomi’s boss would have written in his publication:
“Xiaomi’s double-tap phone is coming! After tackling the flexible foldable screen, four-way folding hinge, flexible roofing technology, MIUI adaptation and other technical challenges, we designed our first foldable phone.”
Foldable smartphones are in discussions for years and now it is finally a reality. The first manufacturer to have introduced a collapsible smartphone is Royole . But Samsung, the number one in the industry, will also present its first model with a foldable screen this February. Also, Lenovo intends to introduce such technology.
As the president of Xiaomi says, currently, it is only a prototype. But since the Chinese manufacturer has the habit of breaking prices, we can expect that once marketed, this smartphone Xiaomi will not be as expensive as those of other manufacturers.