One of the next big things in the smartphone space is widely expected to be devices that can be folded. Companies like Samsung, Apple, LG, Lenovo and Nokia are already believed to be in the process of developing foldable smartphones, and the latest to join in is Xiaomi. Also Read - Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels go live in 170 countries starting todayAlso Read - Another Xiaomi folding phone set to launch after October with Mi MIX Fold specs
Xiaomi recently filed a patent in China, which hints at some ongoing work on foldable smartphones, Gizmochina reports. From what the patent reveals, Xiaomi s foldable smartphone will feature two displays, which would fold inwards, something like a flip-phone. It includes an input section for typing and a display region. However, according to the documents, this Xiaomi device won t open entirely flat, it will remain slightly angular at 160 degrees. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus, S22 set to annoy plastic haters in 2022
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While that is the extent of details that the patent document revealed, this is not really the first time we are hearing of a bendable display technology from the house of Xiaomi. Late last year, a video of Xiaomi concept display was leaked, which however opposed to today s patent document, bent backwards, forwards, left and right. There was no confirmation if the video was actually from Xiaomi, or it was a concept by a Xiaomi fan. RELATED: Xiaomi smartphone with a bendable display concept video leaked
However, it is important to mention here that, while a foldable smartphone is still being developed, Xiaomi has already launched a device in the market with a flexible display. First unveiled at CES 2017, Xiaomi Mi Note 2 comes with a 5.7-inch dual-edge flexible OLED display. According to Xiaomi, the bendable screen is bonded to the glass surface so as to achieve a larger display area. At 5.7-inches, the Mi Note 2 runs at a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and a screen to bezel ratio of 77.2 percent with contrast ratio of 100,000:1. Given that Xiaomi has already begun work with flexible screens, implementation of foldable smartphones may not be such a task for the company, after all!
Besides Xiaomi, companies like LG and Samsung have long been working on bendable displays. While Samsung had first unveiled its foldable smartphone, Galaxy X, at CES 2013, it is surprising that we haven t seen a commercial product yet. Last year, even Lenovo showed off a foldable smartphone and tablet, and recently Apple has also been granted a few patents for devices with bendable displays. ALSO READ: Samsung s foldable phone prototype to launch alongside Apple iPhone 8: Report