The Xiaomi company has filed a patent in China on a folding smartphone design. The revealed images allow you to get a first idea of the project.
Xiaomi has submitted a new smartphone design to the National Intellectual Property Administration of China, that is, the patent office of China. While these are just a few images at the moment, these drawings showing a clamshell smartphone design give an idea of the hypothetical lead Xiaomi is taking for its next foldable device.
A classic clamshell folding smartphone design
Xiaomi already has a folding smartphone in its catalog, the Mi Mix Fold, which opens in book format. The latter is not available in France, but only in China.
If we are to believe the designs discovered in the Chinese intellectual property administration, Xiaomi was working on another folding smartphone format, this time with clamshell. Looking at the patent images, we will find a striking resemblance to a certain Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 …
On the outside, there is in particular a dual camera lens accompanied by a flash, as well as a small rectangular screen, useful in particular for displaying the time and as a return for selfies.
When looking inside the smartphone, we can distinguish a notch in the upper left part of the screen, corresponding to the front camera. On the right edge would be the volume and lock buttons, while the bottom of the phone would accommodate a USB-C port in the center, a speaker grill and the slot that receives the SIM card. The left edge has no buttons.
It is difficult to deduce more characteristics from these simple drawings that represent a design that, in general, is quite classic. If Xiaomi launches into the race for clamshell-type folding smartphones, the Chinese company would compete with other devices already on the market or just presented, such as the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, the Motorola Razr or the Huawei P50 Pocket that has just been presented. . However, it must be remembered that patents do not necessarily mean that the manufacturer wishes to launch a product on the market. Above all, it may be the desire to protect an idea.
While waiting for this hypothetical flip-flop smartphone, Xiaomi presents at the end of 2021 two new very real smartphones, the Xiaomi 12 and the 12 Pro.
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