Since last year, Xiaomi has been developing its own foldable phone, but we don’t know yet when it will be available. Two other patents have recently been filed for such phones, one with dual hinges and three screen sections, and the other with a folding design, such as the Motorola Razr, reports GSMArena.
A few days ago, a patent was filed on the Chinese Intellectual Property Agency’s website, which features a folding phone with three screen sections and four cameras. Of course, even though the patent has been filed, that does not mean we will necessarily see it in the form of any real product.
The Dealntech site has sketched this phone in the folded position it resembles very much on the Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha with the screen unfolding over the edge and practically covering almost the entire back surface. The cameras on the Mi Mix Alpha are also slightly moved sideways to enable the rear end to be used as a screen.
The part in the patent sketches marked with a curved line is actually the phone hinge mechanism. As with the Huawei Mate X and Galaxy Fold, the screen is expected to be plastic protected. The patent shows little detail about the phone’s hardware itself, so no openings, ports and buttons are visible except for the four circles that symbolize the cameras.
Folding phones are certainly the next big thing in the mobile device industry and it is fun to follow the different interpretations that popular manufacturers have. Xiaomi’s foldable phone is expected in the second quarter of next year.