Xiaomi co-founder presents double-folding smartphone
Even though 2019 is supposed to be the year of foldable devices, OEMs at CES 2019 were quite austere in regards to showcasing this sort of novelties. Meanwhile, many phone makers already expressed their intentions to showcase foldable handhelds at MWC this February. Xiaomi is among the early adopters, and one model that the Chinese phone maker could bring to MWC might have recently been presented by company co-founder Lin Bin in a hands-on video. Unlike other models, this one integrates dual folding sides.
The hands-on video shows how the opened-up screen seems to have a 3:2 aspect ratio to allow for the usual 2:1 ratio when the sides fold backwards. It is interesting to note that, when Lin Bin folds the sides, the Android interface immediately snaps into the correct aspect ratio while the entire display remains active. When entering the folded state, the position of the power button is reoriented to the top of the device. Additionally, when the display is turned off, a shiny layer of coating becomes apparent, presumably needed to reinforce the integrity of the screen.
More info and hands-on videos of Xiaomi’s prototypes will certainly be unveiled as we get closer to MWC 2019, so stay tuned for more articles in the weeks to come.