We know for a while that Xiaomi is working on a foldable smartphone. We even have two videos of the device in action, even though it is just a prototype. Xiaomi’s take will have the screen fold two times, with the center of the device remaining the main screen. Now, Xiaomi has released an official statement to Let’s Go Digital website. The full statement can be seen below. In essence, they share some thought on the design and development challenges as well as saying that the double folding screen is developed in collaboration with a provider.
Xiaomi’s Global PR Team official statement: The double folding smartphone is the latest innovation by Xiaomi. One of the key components of the phone, the flexible folding screen, is co-developed by Xiaomi and its supply chain partner. Aside from the screen, its design, folding mechanism and MIUI adaptation are independently developed by us.
Xiaomi is first in the world to present a double folding smartphone and has conquered the technical challenges posed in its three different form factors – double folded, single folded, and tablet form. Prior to finding the best solution, Xiaomi has conducted extensive research and experiments to develop a robust folding mechanism that will allow the flexible screen to withstand mechanical stress.
Each innovation is the result of joint, cumulative R&D efforts from supply chain partners and the device manufacturer. It is misguided to think a folding screen can be easily turned into a folding smartphone without significant breakthroughs in technology. Each segment of the industrial chain has its unique contribution. Xiaomi believes that innovative products and great user experience are made possible with sound collaboration and participation from all parties.
Let’s Go Digital has also prepared a series of renders with the device. They are not official ones but based on the leaks and videos we seen so far. Still, the renders here are pretty accurate and helps us have a more clear picture of what to expect from Xiaomi in the not so distant future.
Source: Let’s Go Digital