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Xiaomi co-founder presents double-folding smartphone

The opened-up state features a 3:2 ratio screen, while the folded state crops up to a 2:1 ratio. (Source: Weibo)
The opened-up state features a 3:2 ratio screen, while the folded state crops up to a 2:1 ratio. (Source: Weibo)
The double-folding device looks to be in the prototype phase, as the folding creases are still visible. In its default state, the screen seems to have a 3:2 ratio, while the folded state shrinks down to a 2:1 ratio. What really impresses is the responsiveness of the Android interface that immediately snaps into the new ratio as the phone enters in the folded state.
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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.

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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1497 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2019-01-23 (Update: 2019-01-23)