Xiaomi has recently patented many models of foldable smartphones. Now the company has patented another design similar to the Huawei Mate Xs that was launched a few months ago. The company is also expected to unveil a foldable smartphone later this year.
The patent, with Xiaomi Mobile Software Co. Ltd. as an applicant, was filed with the CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Administration) in 2019 and identified by TechiesBlog. It was released recently and shows a foldable design that Xiaomi has never tried before.
The foldable hinge is located in the center under the screen. By unfolding the device outwards, it turns into a normal smartphone. This design is reminiscent of the Huawei Mate Xs which was launched in February. In fact, there is almost no difference.
The display in the patent is edge to edge and lies flat while a curved strip on the right lives on the right when folded. It accommodates the cameras. It has very minimal borders unlike the dark glasses found on the Mate Xs. Considering this a patented design, we don't know if it will ever happen to mass production.
There is a button on the right to detach the foldable screen and turn it over. Above is an arrangement of four vertically stacked cameras and an LED flashlight on the right above the curved area. This area should probably get a flush design when the screen is folded.
In addition, the power button and volume rockers can be located on the right side. At the bottom there are speaker grilles, a SIM card slot, a microphone and a USB-C charger at the bottom. Interestingly, the bottom portion of the bulging portion has a slit that could house a stylus, but we're not sure yet.
Overall, the design is already commercially available and isn't as new as Xiaomi's other crazy patents. In addition, the source adds that some supply chain consultants have revealed that more foldable phones are expected later this year, but we will have to expect the same.