Xiaomi finally opted for folding smartphones with a large internal screen. But the Chinese manufacturer has designed at least one prototype with a folding screen on the outside. A leaker could have got his hands on the photos of the prototype.
There are several ways to design a foldable screen smartphone. Obviously we are thinking of the two star formats on the market, represented by the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and the Galaxy Z Fold 4, which respectively adopt a clamshell format and a book format. But other manufacturers, such as Huawei, have offered a format with an external screen in the past.
If Xiaomi ultimately went with the same format as the Galaxy Z Fold 4 with its Mix Fold and Mix Fold 2, released only in China, the manufacturer would have also considered a different design for certain smartphones with a folding screen. According to the site android authority, Polish leaker Kuba Wojciechowski has posted on Twitter several photos of what could have been a folding-screen smartphone designed by Xiaomi. The messages were eventually removed by the social network leaker, but nevertheless they allow us to discover a smartphone in a format very close to that of the Huawei Mate Xs 2, with a large screen on the outside that thus makes it possible to take full advantage of the large screen. of the smartphone, without secondary screen.
The prototype also shows a vertical bar in which the different cameras would have been housed with no less than four modules in the back. The prototype requires, however, the device would not have been finalized and, once the smartphone was deployed, would have given access to all internal components, including a battery divided into two blocks. The largest of these blocks could have housed a capacity of 3500 mAh.
A prototype that appears to date from 2019
As for the technical characteristics, the smartphone would have benefited from a Snapdragon 855 chip and a Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem. Qualcomm officially presented the Snapdragon 855 in December 2018, so we can imagine that the prototype was developed during the year 2019 by Xiaomi. It must be said that the prototype looks a lot like a patent obtained by the Chinese manufacturer in November 2019.
Since then, Xiaomi has finally entered the foldable smartphone segment with two models, Xiaomi Mix Fold and Mix Fold 2. However, both devices are currently only available in China. Above all, the manufacturer seems to have definitely adopted a folding smartphone format with an interior screen, like a book or the Galaxy Z Fold 4. It is not known if the firm has gone further in its development and intends to launch, more or less Unless in the long term, a smartphone with a folding screen on the outside.
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