Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi could be launching its first foldable smartphone this year, as part of the Mi MIX series, according to multiple sources.
Several patents related to folding screens and other technology were applied for, according to GizmoChina citing a record on corporate date platform Qichacha.
The device will feature dual displays and be powered by the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, paired with a 7-inch folding display with a refresh rate of 120Hz, according to WhyLab, a tech blog on Weibo. The phone could launch in April, their post added.
The phone’s rear primary camera will be a 108-megapixel shooter. The device is said to pack a 5,000mAh battery and will support 67W fast charging.
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Display industry analyst and known tipster Ross Young said on Twitter last Tuesday that the upcoming Xiaomi foldable may be called the Mi MIX 4 Pro Max.
Young also mentioned that the display will be supplied by China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT), the display subsidiary of consumer electronics company TCL. The smartphone might launch with an outward-folding mechanism, similar to the Huawei Mate XS.
Samsung Display could provide Xiaomi with displays for an in-folding phone that will be announced later in the year, he added.
While the timeline for its first foldable phone remains unclear, the company announced on Monday that it will launch the Xiaomi Mi 10S on Wednesday at 2 pm Beijing time.
The Mi 10S will use the Snapdragon 870 chipset, an update from the Mi 10’s Snapdragon 865, according to a Weibo post by founder and CEO Lei Jun on Monday morning.
Lei also teased that the new device will boast a Harman Kardon-branded dual stereo speaker system and an upgraded design, among other surprises.
Previous leaks had it that the Mi 10S will support a 33W fast charging mechanism and feature a 108-megapixel quad rear camera setup.