Is Xiaomi working on a dual-sided foldable smartphone? Alleged video leaked

Alleged video from Evan Blass (@evleaks) reveals that Xiaomi might be working on a dual-sided foldable smartphone much better than the one showcased by Samsung.

Friday, January 4, 2019

/ by Aman Banka

Smartphones are getting crazy every year. A few years back phone manufacturers were focusing on eliminating the bezels around the screen so that users get a more screen-to-body ratio. Also, today an ideal smartphone screen-size is anywhere between 5.8-inches to 6.3-inches, which previously used to be tagged as phablets.

Now, in 2019, the trend will be to bridge the gap between a tablet and a smartphone, by making the tablet foldable. Korean giant Samsung is working on producing a foldable smartphone for many years and it also showcased the same last year in November. Honestly, that particular Samsung foldable smartphone was more like a brick.

Out of the blue, highly recognized leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) on Twitter shared an alleged video of a foldable smartphone today, which according to his source is made by Xiaomi. So, is Xiaomi indeed secretly working on a two-sided foldable smartphone?

As you can see in the video below, its a tablet-sized device which can be folded from both the sides to change its form factor. The bezels on the top and the bottom are minimal, but the device definitely appears thick after getting folded as a smartphone.

The UI, which does match to Xiaomi's proprietary MIUI 10 looks responsive and also blends quite fast depending on the number of folds. One fold and the device turns into a box-shaped device and two folds turn it into a smartphone.

Blass is not sure about the authenticity of the video or device, but if true, Xiaomi could be one of the many companies to launch a foldable smartphone later in 2019. The current list of companies planning to launch a foldable smartphone includes Samsung, Huawei, Lenovo.

Honestly, this is the best ever representation of a foldable smartphone we have seen till date and if Xiaomi is actually behind it then it will give a tough competition to all the other manufacturers out there who are trying to come up with the same, especially Samsung.

PS: Xiaomi is hosting an event on January 10th for the launch of its new smartphone under the Redmi brand with a 48MP camera. Will Xiaomi talk about its foldable smartphone at the same event? We will know soon.

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