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Xiaomi allegedly patents what looks like a Mate Xs clone

Meet Xiaomi's take on this form-factor. (Source: Huawei)
Meet Xiaomi's take on this form-factor. (Source: Huawei)
Xiaomi has reportedly patented a phone with an outward-folding display which leaves its I/O contained within a strip down 1 side of this device. If that concept sounds familiar, it is because this form-factor has already been debuted by Huawei in its Mate X series. Xiaomi's new take on it exhibits at least 4 cameras.
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Xiaomi has filed some innovative mobile-device IP recently, some of which incorporate flexible display tech to solve problems such as the survival of the selfie as phones gravitate toward designs of this nature. Now, however, the OEM seems to have run out of ideas and are claiming variations on pre-existing foldables as their own as well.

One of these is the outward-folding tablet, the design chosen by Huawei for its inaugural folding phablet, the Mate X and its Xs refresh. The new IP attributed to Xiaomi shows a concept strikingly similar to the latter; it may even have as many sensors in its non-bending "grip" as the real-world folding tablet.

The Xiaomi foldable concept may also have a magnetic closure, although there is no sign of the side-mounted fingerprint sensor found in the older device. Therefore, it may just be somewhere in its enlarged, collapsible screen.

This patent was submitted to the Chinese intellectual property office CNIPA in November 2019, and has been granted today (June 5, 2020). Therefore, it may be some time before this design is realized in a real world device. On that note, there may just be potential for a Mi Mix 3 (or Alpha, perhaps?) successor in this patent.

A render based on the new foldable phone patent. (Source: CNIPA via LetsGoDigital)
A render based on the new foldable phone patent. (Source: CNIPA via LetsGoDigital)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-06- 5 (Update: 2020-06- 5)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.