Media reported that Xiaomi applied for a screen hinge patent, cap-folding smart machine top and bottom display area connected, and placed around the edge of the magnets to increase the folding of the fold ingest. As can be seen from the document, the new patent showcases a flip-flop-style folding screen design similar to the Moto Razr (2019) and was released by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) earlier this week.
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In addition to the hinges, Xiaomi also takes into account the firmness of the folding, so magnets are placed at the edges to prevent accidental openings. In addition, from the illustration, the screen signature does not appear to contain the camera opening for the selfie.
Unfortunately, the patent document doesn’t reveal exact specifications and the location of the keys, but it at least hints at Xiaomi’s intention to launch a bid to replace the Moto Razr or Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.
On the other hand, Xiaomi could well be just a bluff, and would not necessarily apply the patent to the new device. In addition, as early as January 2019, Xiaomi President and Co-Founder Lin Bin hinted at the company’s first collapsible smart machine.
It folds outwards on both sides, with a 3:2 aspect ratio, and a flexible screen that makes it a widescreen smart machine.
Previously, we’ve seen mainstream folding screen designs on Samsung Galaxy Fold, Huawei Mate X and more. But Xiaomi’s patented model is expected to run MIUI software based on Android.
With customization in the form of UI and hardware, the machine can be reduced to a more compact form factor when folded seamlessly. Given that the company’s first prototype is now a year old, it is expected to launch a new one sometime this year. It is not known whether the appearance will change.