A new report has suggested that both Huawei and Xiaomi have placed orders for UTG or ultra thin glass panels. These panels are typically found as a layer on top of foldable smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. Hence, the new orders might be for a possible future variant of Huawei’s Mate X series and Xiaomi’s commercial version of the Mi MIX Alpha.
For those unaware, UTG is an improved version of the polyimide film which was initially used in the first generation of foldable handsets like the Galaxy Fold and Mate X. Thus, it is a stronger, more durable, and flexible thin panel. Notably, the Xiaomi Mi MIX Alpha concept smartphone used a Visionox display that wrapped around the device, while the relatively more recent Mate Xs
At the moment, Xiaomi has yet to launch a commercial version of the Mi MIX Alpha, but the report from Digital Chat Station (@数码闲聊站) does hint at a possible variant. The report was shared on Weibo, a Chinese microblogging website, and is apparently from the supply chains of both the Chinese tech giants that are purchasing curved panels and surround panels.
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