2019 is going to be all about foldable phones but at the moment it is hard to imagine just what these will be like. The
Xiaomi president Lin Bin has posted a video of the company's new folding phone in action on Chinese social network Weibo, and it shows us the future.
The above video came with the following translation:
Xiaomi double folding mobile phone is coming! After conquering a series of technical problems such as flexible folding screen technology, 4-way folding hinge technology, flexible cover technology, and MIUI adaptation, we made the first folding screen mobile phone, which should be the world's first double folding mobile phone. This symmetrical double-folded form perfectly combines the experience of the tablet and mobile phone, which is both practical and beautiful. Although it is still an engineering machine, it is sent out for everyone to see. Welcome everyone to forward / comment / like. If you like it, we will consider making a mass production machine in the future.
In addition, we want to give this engineering machine a name, what do you think is good? I think of two: Xiaomi Dual Flex, Xiaomi MIX Flex. Welcome everyone to make suggestions!
So at the moment it is only a prototype model, but it is being considered for production and based on the looks of it, it looks amazing.
We should have more details about Samsung's folding phone at the S10 launch on the 20th of February, there should be a foldable from Oppo at MWC, and we're also expecting a more budget-level foldable-lite from LG.
Huawei are also developing a foldable 5G phone, just to tick both boxes for this years trend. I would expect this will be released very late in the year though.