Xiaomi president and co-founder Lin Bin have confirmed in a teaser he posted on Weibo that Xiaomi is working on a folding smartphone. This smartphone will be named Mi Dual Flex or Mi MIX Flex – World’s first dual folding phone.
In the video, you’ll see the executive using a tablet-sized gadget — until he folds its sides and uses it as a smartphone. Its UI (MIUI) even automatically resizes itself to occupy just the middle part of the screen, so you won’t have to flip the device to look at the folded parts of the display.
To make it a practical phone, the physical power button is side-mounted on the device when in landscape orientation, which places it in a top-center location when in the phone mode. “Perfectly merges the experience” of a phone and a tablet. Lin Bin also said that it’s just a prototype at this point and that the company “will consider mass producing it” if it gets positive feedback from consumers online.
Xiaomi has two possible names in mind for the prototype — Mi Dual Flex and Mi MIX Flex — but it’s also looking for suggestions.
Lin Bin have posted on Weibo –
“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.
Also, we would like to give this prototype a name. What do you think? I have two: Mi Dual-Flex, Mi MIX Flex. Suggestions are welcome!”
Unlike other folding smartphone prototypes, this dual folding prototype seems more practical. Let’s wait for the world’s first dual folding phone.