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Spy shots of Xiaomi foldable smartphone running MIUI 12 reveal a problematic issue that still needs ironing out

A Xiaomi foldable smartphone is expected to be launched in 2021. (Image source: MyFixGuide)
A Xiaomi foldable smartphone is expected to be launched in 2021. (Image source: MyFixGuide)
Live images of a Xiaomi foldable smartphone have been shared online, indicating that the Chinese company seems to be almost ready to launch its first commercial foldable phone. The Xiaomi foldable device, which is clearly operating on MIUI 12, has a very noticeable crease running down the middle that will hopefully be less egregious in the final retail model.

Spy shots of a Xiaomi foldable phone have been posted onto Chinese social media, with MyFixGuide managing to save them before they were taken down. The real-world images, which seem to have come from a public transport system in China, reveal what is obviously a foldable device thanks to the presence of a not-too-subtle crease running down the center. Views of the operating system reveal it to be MIUI 12, so therefore these are live photos of a Xiaomi foldable.

Xiaomi has shown off a foldable device before, but the engineering model that was highlighted in a short but intriguing video clip seemingly disappeared, with the company happy to wait to see how other rival foldable smartphones fared on the market. It’s long been rumored that Xiaomi would release a foldable phone in 2021, and there has even been speculation that a Mi Mix 4 or any Mi Mix successor would be mass produced in a foldable form.

The spy shots, which typically for Xiaomi devices are more than likely staged by management just to drum up a bit of hype for an upcoming smartphone, show the Xiaomi foldable ("Xiaomi Mi Fold"?) protected in a thick case, and there is no obvious camera system to be seen. Numerous patents have revealed Xiaomi’s intriguing ideas for a foldable smartphone camera solution, so it could be that the firm has something exciting in the works.

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Xiaomi foldable. (Image source: Weibo via MyFixGuide)
Xiaomi foldable
Xiaomi foldable. (Image source: Weibo via MyFixGuide)
Xiaomi foldable
Xiaomi foldable. (Image source: Weibo via MyFixGuide)
Xiaomi foldable
Xiaomi foldable. (Image source: Weibo via MyFixGuide)
Xiaomi foldable
Xiaomi foldable. (Image source: Weibo via MyFixGuide)
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Daniel R Deakin, 2021-01-15 (Update: 2021-01-15)
Daniel R Deakin
Daniel R Deakin - Managing News Editor - 2194 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.