Xiaomi has patented seven new design options for its smartphones at once. The Chinese Patent Office granted the patents on the first day of the new year – January 1, 2021.
All these models have flexible screens and are made in a folding form factor with different variations – three clamshells with a vertical extended screen in the style of Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and Motorola RAZR 5G, two folding smartphones-tablets with a screen inward in the style of Galaxy Z Fold and Fold 2 and two foldable smartphones-tablets with a “wrap-around” screen.
One of the clamshells received the main screen with thin bezels, slightly rounded corners, a small external screen, and a main quadruple camera. The second repeats the first, but its main camera is single with an impressively large lens hole.
The third clamshell is more reminiscent of Motorola RAZR in design. It received a characteristic protruding block on the main screen and a large external screen on almost half of the body.
One of the Galaxy Z Fold-style foldable smartphones actually has only one display, but it is folded over to the outside of the case so that when folded, the user has a large display on the entire “front surface.” It does not have a front camera, but there is a quadruple main camera.
The second smartphone-tablet in Galaxy Z Fold’s style also received a “wrap-around” screen and featured a large camera block. Note that Xiaomi’s attempts in the past to release a smartphone with a “girdle” screen were not crowned with success – Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha priced at $ 2800 never made it to store shelves.
The two remaining smartphones-tablets are easier to manufacture and should be more affordable. It uses two screens – one large flexible inner and one small outer. They differ in cameras.
Of course, as is usually the case, we cannot say when we will see these developments on store shelves. Nevertheless, Xiaomi has been working on folding smartphones for more than one year, and the company’s management regularly shows the developments.