Earlier this year, famed leakster Evan Blass shared a short video which was allegedly that of a Xiaomi foldable phone. Blass himself could not guarantee that the video was the real deal, but it seems that he didn’t have to because Xiaomi’s President and co-founder Lin Bin has pretty much confirmed it for him.
In a post made on Weibo, it showed a video of Lin Bin using what appears to be a tablet-like device. It was not shaped like a conventional tablet, but later we find out why. This is because the sides of the device can be folded in, in which the device then transforms into a smartphone.
We say that this is a pretty wild concept because most foldable phones we’ve seen, such as Samsung’s foldable phone, have mainly focused on folding in half, so this really takes the cake in terms of design. Unfortunately, Lin Bin does not mention when the phone is expected to go on sale, so it is possible that we might have to wait quite a bit before it is available. According to his translated post:
“Xiaomi’s dual-folding phone is coming! After tackling flexible folding display, four-way folding hinge, flexible cover tech, MIUI adaptation and other technical challenges, we have made the first foldable phone, and should also be the world’s first dual-folding phone. This symmetrically dual-outer-folding form factor perfectly merges the experience of a tablet and a phone, it’s both practical and beautiful. Even though it’s still a prototype, we’re showing it to you all. Feel free to share, comment and like. If you all like it, we will consider mass producing it.
Also, we would like to give this prototype a name. What do you think?I have two: Mi Dual Flex, Mi MIX Flex. Suggestions are welcome!”
Many are still understandably skeptical about foldable phones and whether it is merely a gimmick and novelty concept, or if it could truly change the way we see our mobile devices.