Earlier in January this year, rumors about Xiaomi‘s much-touted foldable smartphone ran riot with a leaked photo of the foldable phone running MIUI 12 first appearing and then a report which claimed Xiaomi, OPPO and Vivo will all launch foldable phones this year. Also, the foldable device has got certified by China’s TENAA which is suggestive of an imminent launch.
The latest leak about the Mi foldable smartphone is from noted tipster Digital Chat Station. The tipster hinted on Weibo that the Xiaomi foldable will adopt an internal structural design similar to that of Samsung’s latest Galaxy Z Fold 2. This also includes the hinge design.
The vast majority of foldable phones presently in the market use one form of hinge design or the other to achieve the folding effect. The structure also supports the repeated folding movements of the flexible screen. However, the hinge is also a major flaw in the current foldable phones. It was a defect in the hinge design that affected the initial Galaxy Z Fold, thus reducing the durability of the phone. The defective hinge led to dust particles getting into the phone.
Apart from the hinge design, another important aspect is the folding style. In this regard, there is the in-folding and out-folding designs. Both orientations bring different usage methods and screen durability. Previous rumors already hinted that Xiaomi’s first foldable smartphone will adopt an in-folding design that can better protect the flexible display panel from wear and tear. Also, the main screen will not have any opening.
According to reports, the Xiaomi foldable phone will use a foldable OLED panel supplied by Samsung, with a specific size of 8.03 inches. The phone will also be equipped with a 6.38-inch secondary screen at the rear.
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