When talking about smartphone innovations, foldable or bendable displays almost always get a mention. A number of companies are already working on concept devices with foldable displays, and one such company could be Xiaomi. A couple of photos and a short video clip has surfaced online that shows a bendable display in action and MIUI running on it. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022Also Read - Galaxy S21 FE to support 25W charging but will Samsung put it in the box?
This Xiaomi concept display was spotted on Baidu and it can apparently be bent backwards, forwards, left and right, GizmoChina reports. The 35-second video clip shows a display bent forwards, and we get a glimpse at what MIUI would look like on such a display. Before you get all excited though, we should warn you that this could be a concept or an ardent fan’s fantasy. After all, the photos or video don’t show any electronic components behind the display that are required to connect to a working smartphone. It just feels too good to be true, and we advise you to take it with the proverbial pinch of salt. There are rumors that the upcoming Mi Note 2 will flaunt a curved display, but it is unlikely to be anything like these photos. Instead, the display should be something close to what we see on Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy Note 7. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 launch in India next week: Top specs, price around Rs 15,000, more
With companies like LG and Samsung working on bendable displays for some time now, it is surprising that we haven’t seen a commercial product yet. Earlier this year at its Tech World event, Lenovo too showed off a foldable smartphone and tablet, and Apple too is said to have been granted patents for devices with bendable displays. One of the biggest reasons why we haven’t seen a device with such displays is the cost factor. Bendable displays aren’t cheap to manufacture, which is why companies have continued to opt for flat screens. There’s also the concern about the overall life-span of such displays, which could be affected from repeated bending. Another aspect restricting companies is the lack of other essential components like batteries that aren’t as flexible as these displays.
Despite these concerns, smartphone companies are quite bullish about the future of bendable displays. In fact, earlier this year a Samsung executive went on record to say that bendable phone screens are not only possible, but ‘right around the corner’. A Bloombergreport also claimed that Samsung is likely to launch two smartphone models with bendable screens in 2017. One of these upcoming smartphones, the report claims, can be folded in half like a ‘cosmetic compact’. This variant will have a 5-inch screen when used in handset mode, and on unfolding, you will get to use an 8-inch display like a tablet. These devices are being developed under the codename Project Valley, and could be unveiled as early as MWC in February next year.
LG has already dipped its feet into this space by launching the G Flex and G Flex 2, which boast a flexible display. While not completely foldable, these smartphones do provide us with a glimpse at smartphones of the future. But these smartphones have had to tackle other sort of issues, which stopped them from becoming a milestone.
Coming back to the present, and Xiaomi is gearing up to launch a couple of smartphones later this month. The most interesting of these upcoming devices is no doubt the Mi Note 2, and CEO Lei Jun too added to the hype saying that “it will come with a surprise.” RELATED: Xiaomi Mi Note 2, Mi 6, Mi 5c, Redmi 4 rumor roundup: Here s everything we know so far
Based on what we have come across so far, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is expected to come with a glass body and metal frame on the sides, dual-camera setup, and an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. It is likely to feature a 5.5-inch to 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED dual-edge curved display, Snapdragon 821 quad-core chipset, and 6GB of RAM.
The phablet is also expected to feature 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage options, 16-megapixel dual rear cameras with Qualcomm’s ClearSight technology, and a massive 4,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support. On the connectivity front, it could come with dual-SIM card slots, 4G with VoLTE HD voice calling support, USB Type-C for charging and data transfer, Bluetooth, NFC, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac. On the software front, the smartphone could run on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1-based MIUI 8 out-of-the-box.
Contrary to Xiaomi’s traditions, analysts believe that the Mi Note 2 will come with a hefty price tag. According to Chinese analyst Pan Juitang, the upcoming smartphone could be priced at 4,000 Yuan, which is approximately $600 or Rs 40,000. In other words, this would by far be the most expensive device in Xiaomi’s current portfolio.