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Xiaomi may be working on its own Razr-esque foldable

The "Xiaomi clamshell foldable" patent. (Source: TigerMobiles)
The "Xiaomi clamshell foldable" patent. (Source: TigerMobiles)
The blog TigerMobiles claims to have dug up a couple of patents that may show the directions in which Xiaomi intends to take the foldable trend. One shows a clamshell design like that of the new Motorola Razr, whereas the other is more like the Huawei Mate X, but with an impressively extensive pop-up camera.

Xiaomi has allegedly filed patents for 2 different styles of foldable phone. They have reportedly been found on the database of the Chinese intellectual property authority CNIPA by TigerMobiles. This blog thus asserts that the OEM is covering all its bases by laying claim to designs that echo the most recognizable foldable form-factors of right now.

These designs would be those associated with the new Motorola Razr (a clam-shell type) and the Huawei Mate X (a reverse-folding phablet). However, both documents show that Xiaomi has put its original spin on both concepts. The former has a small window for a "front-facing" display when the device is closed, whereas the Razr has a larger glass-OLED panel.

Then again, it also has dual rear- and selfie-cams, which is not something that can be said of the first-gen Motorola foldable. The second set of images show a phone whose single extended screen folds backwards, like that of the Mate X. However, in this case, this display folds around a half of the device from which a pop-up camera protrudes. Furthermore, this module has no less than 5 lenses.

This design may in fact be a little familiar to those who are hoping for a Mi Mix 4: this device has been linked to a leak showing just such a folding tablet-slash-phone, albeit with no mention of a pop-up. Both patents appear to have been filed in 2018; therefore, could one be in use for the fourth-generation Mix? Then again, more up-to-date tips hint at under-display selfie cameras for the same device. In addition, it is possible that the new Mi Note 10 series may have supplanted its line in any case.

Images from the 2 alleged Xiaomi foldable patents. (Source: TigerMobiles)
Images from the 2 alleged Xiaomi foldable patents. (Source: TigerMobiles)


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-11-14 (Update: 2019-11-14)