The design of a foldable cell phone Xiaomi it was leaked. This one, unlike those that did reach the market, is practically the opposite: the main screen is on the outside. That is, it is very similar to the Huawei Mate Xs, which went on sale in 2020.
“At the end of 2019, Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co. registered a design patent filed with the CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Administration). The patent was published on June 5, 2020, and includes 19 product images showing a never-before-seen Xiaomi foldable phone.”, points out LetsGoDigital.
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Unlike current Folds, this one has the fold outwards, so the screen is folded in half and each part remains as front and back. However, the one at the back has a smaller width, as it joins a side bar that contains the camera lenses and the flash.
In addition, in the area of the cameras, there is a button that is presumed to be for the rear screen to be fixed by means of a click system. By pressing the button, this mechanism will be released and the main screen can be “enlarged” by adding the one behind it. This design, as stated before, is very similar to the Huawei Mate Xs..
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Like most cell phones today, It has 3 buttons on the sides, power and volume, and a USB-C port at the bottom. In the same way, it has the speakers and the microphone at the bottom, as well as the call sensor at the top.
Xiaomi ended up launching the Mi Mix Fold and the Mi Mix Fold 2. Both cell phones joined the trend and folded inwards, adding one more screen on the outside, in addition to the two folded ones. However, the company could return to the design that did not see the light and give it an extra touch so that it goes on the market as a great novelty.