Xiaomi working on a large number of folding phone designs

We expect many more companies to release folding smartphones in 2021, with Xiaomi believed to be planning to release 3 different models this year, according to display analyst Ross Young.

Now LetsGoDigital has uncovered a number of design patents published today showing 7 different folding phone variations, at least a few of which are expected to come to market.

Two are clamshell designs like the Moto Razr and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.

One is a basic design with a small external display, somewhere between the Razr and Flip. It may have no front-facing camera, with users expected to use the main camera and small screen as a viewfinder.

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The second design houses a large camera and flash into a thicker unit at one end of the phone. It also has a very large cover display.

Xiaomi also patented a large number of devices with book-style folding screens like Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold.

In some of the designs, the external screen is a continuation of the flexible internal screens, simply wrapping around the edge a variable amount. In others, it is a separate panel, usually much smaller.

The designs are also differentiated by the number and size of the cameras, with one design featuring a very large main camera. None of the designs appears to have a front-facing internal camera.

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It is not known which of these designs will make it to market, but it is likely none of them will be particularly affordable.

View the patents of the Xiaomi clamshell smartphones , the third clamshell smartphone , the Xiaomi foldable phones with wrap around display and the last two foldable smartphones at the included links.

Author: themartisboy

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