At this point, the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X are known quantities in the folding Android smartphone realm. But one other top Android OEM, Xiaomi, is also looking to throw its hat in the race. We’ve previously seen the company’s folding smartphone on video, and now the device has returned in newly released footage.
The video posted to YouTube is just 10 seconds long, and shows the device first being used in a tablet configuration. Then, the device is rotated 90 degrees and two “wings” of the display fold under, giving it a more compact frame. This “double fold” design is a bit trickier than the “single fold” display design seen on the Galaxy Fold and Mate X.
When the Xiaomi folding phone prototype was first shown off back in late January, it was reported that a “series of technical problems” had to be overcome before bringing the device to market. In addition, it was reported that the double-folding design was made possible thanks to a “four-wheel drive folding shaft.”
When it is released, names that have been tossed around include Xiaomi Dual Flex and Xiaomi MIX Flex.
In other news, Let’s Go Digital [translated] has dug up patent filings by Samsung for a similar double-folding display. The publication then took those patent drawings and created some pretty spiffy renders that show what a production design could look like.
The first thing that comes to mind, however, is how will both Xiaomi and Samsung will tackle the display creasing issue? Early prototypes of the Galaxy Fold have shown a highly visible crease in the display when the device is unfolded. With the Xiaomi phone and this “potential” Samsung offering, there would be two creases to contend with.
Let’s just hope that production versions of either phone helps to mitigate the appearance of the crease, lest customers balk at the flaw in their $1,900+ flagship phone.