Xiaomi shows off foldable smartphone/tablet prototype

2018 was tagged as the year of the notch, as major phone makers followed in Apple’s footsteps by inserting a cutout at the top of the display. But this year 2019, seems like will start a new era, where foldable phones will be commercially available.

Xiaomi shows off foldable smartphone/tablet prototype

Mobile manufacturers are now busy working on its own foldable devices, such as Samsung, LG, Apple and Huawei to name a few. It seems clear that 2019 is going to be the year of the foldable phone. However, we can expect that their handsets will come with hefty price tags.

Xiaomi’s folding phone has been revealed in a teaser video from the company. Donovan Sung, Xiaomi's Director of Product Management just showcased their prototype model of a foldable smartphone. He revealed the special a nearly minute-long video from Bin Lin, the President and Co-Founder of Xiaomi detailing the double folding phone.

Both sides of the device can be folded backwards to transform it from a tablet form factor into more of a compact phone. Unlike other foldable phones we’ve seen recently, this certainly looks a more practical use for the technology.

In the video, Xiaomi teased how the device works in tablet mode and how it folds into a smartphone. The tablet can fold into three sections to make it work and look like a regular near bezel-less smartphone. Watch the video below.

Xiaomi's implementation of a folding smartphone even appears to look better than what FlexPai released last December. Details about the key specs and other features of the said phone are still scarce but reports say that it’s just an engineering unit, but we could hear more about it at the MWC 2019.

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