You are not a smartphone OEM if you do not have at least a concept folding smartphone, and today Xiaomi presented their own take on the category, the Mi Dual Flex and Mi MIX Flex.
Presented by Xiaomi company president and co-founder Lin Bin, the device folds in a rather unusual fashion, as can be seen in this Weibo video below:
The device folds inwards from both the left and right side, producing a compact sandwich which passably resembles a phone, especially with the power button on top.
“Xiaomi’s dual-folding phone is coming! After tackling flexible folding display, four-way folding hinge, flexible cover tech, MIUI adaptation and other technical challenges, we have made the first foldable phone, and should also be the world’s first dual-folding phone. This symmetrically dual-outer-folding form factor perfectly merges the experience of a tablet and a phone, it’s both practical and beautiful. Even though it’s still a prototype, we’re showing it to you all. Feel free to share, comment and like. If you all like it, we will consider mass producing it.
A Bin noted, the company does not at present have plans to mass produce the device, and there does not seem to be any obvious advantages to having two folds rather than one, except to show off your technological prowess.
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