Possible Xiaomi-branded foldable tablet revealed in hands-on video

Possible Xiaomi-branded foldable tablet revealed in hands-on video
Just hours after Evan Blass provided the world with an image of the Samsung Galaxy S10, the reliable tipster is back with a hands-on video of a foldable tablet allegedly made by Xiaomi.

Running a version of Xiaomi’s MIUI 10 custom overlay, the first half of the 20-second clip shows the unknown user handling the device just like a traditional tablet. After initially unlocking the device, the person proceeds to open the Google Maps app. This functions just as expected but quickly adapts to the new form factor when the user begins folding the device.

In this particular case, the display can be folded from both the left and right sides. This means that, when both portions are no longer in use, what is left resembles a wide, smartphone-like device complete with curved edges on either side.

Evan Blass himself warned that he has no way of verifying the authenticity of the device or the video shown. However, speaking to PhoneArena exclusively, Ishan Agarwal revealed that he had previously received an email about this particular device. For those unaware, Agarwal is responsible for leaking a number of previous devices such as the recently-announced OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition.

As customary, it’s still worth taking this leak with a pinch of salt. But that fact that two reputable leakers have both obtained information about the device suggests that there could be some legitimacy to the leak.


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23 Comments

1. Elvis358

Posts: 219; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Looks better than Samsung's foldable phone!

2. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Not even close, look at the bezels, just like something Chinese people would make, moving around, bending , plastic. Samsung one was rugged and solid material ..

5. Landon

Posts: 1244; Member since: May 07, 2015

If you look closely, the bezels are fairly minimal. Look at where his hand rests against the body of the device. My guess is they're around the size of a S9 chin.

9. Elvis358

Posts: 219; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Samsung's flodable phone have huge bezzels when it is not unfold. Haven't you seen the pictures?

10. cmdacos

Posts: 4099; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I've seen a display event where the device was in a case to hide the design. Please share some pictures of the actual device since you've seen them. Only downside is the thickness that a trifold design would give.

11. TheOracle1

Posts: 2213; Member since: May 04, 2015

Whatever it turns out to be Xiaomi are the type of company to achieve this. It's impressive if it's genuine. I'd certainly pay $1,000+ for something like that. But some will wait for Apple to "invent" it of course.

15. nodes

Posts: 1158; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Or Samsung to "invent" it. Though i'm sure Samsung or other big brand foldable will always the one that really sells. I like how it folds on this one rather than Samsung's, but unfortunately the software will be a let down just like the Vivo NEX. Chinese need to improve on their software, great hardware innovations but crappy software, especially MIUI, it's an adware.

16. TheOracle1

Posts: 2213; Member since: May 04, 2015

I like both Funtouch and MIUI once the launchers are changed. Different strokes for different folks. I also currently own a Mix2 and NexS.

19. nodes

Posts: 1158; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

I just don't like how they treat their users. Xiaomi for instance, there are ads in system apps, that is unacceptable in anyway.

21. TheOracle1

Posts: 2213; Member since: May 04, 2015

Then you don't know much about miui. There's a setting to turn them off if you get one that comes like that and it's normally only the Chinese rom. None of my Xiaomi phones have had ads.

22. nodes

Posts: 1158; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

How to turn off the ads? It's on a global ROM by the way. I don't use Xiaomi phones anymore, but it would be useful for relatives. Users shouldn't search for a setting or workaround to disable ads in system apps in the first place...this is ridiculous

23. TheOracle1

Posts: 2213; Member since: May 04, 2015

My son has my Xiaomi right now but if I recall correctly you have to go into Xiaomi services in settings and disable "send analytics" or something similar. Anyway it has something to do with your Xiaomi account settings. I initially set up a Xiaomi account but didn't sign in on the phones and never got ads. I also disabled internet access for most of the unnecessary Xiaomi apps. For the value Xiaomi gives you with their phones it's no big deal.

3. ajwillingham

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

hmmm... I'm curious if they were the company that stole Samsung's tech.

6. ph00ny

Posts: 2025; Member since: May 26, 2011

i think there was an article from few months ago that several chinese tech companies are lined up to buy the foldable screen from samsung

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4099; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Kind of like the form factor tbh

7. w159148

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

OMG, this is epic. If they can even hit the 1000$ price tag with this one, I swear they'll probably outsell Samsung's foldable phone!

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

They won't sell it for $1000, their CEO said that there's no reason to sell a smartphone at that pricetag. Even their most expensive smartphone is still below $500 (Mi Mix 3), My guess is around $700-$800.

20. w159148

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

I do understand but the tech is too expensive. If they keep it to 700-800$, they would hit the homerun easily!

8. ahmadkun

Posts: 562; Member since: May 02, 2016

Well if i'm a smartphone manufacturer, the only one i will fear will be Xiaomi ..

13. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Looks like an early prototype, maybe just a flexible screen panel above motherboard without an actual body panel. (just look at the light leaking from above, it's just an AMOLED panel)

14. nodes

Posts: 1158; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Samsung phones also have light leaks though. It's on a completely dark room with quite high brightness, won't be noticeable on normal lighting even a dim one. Well, unless you are trying hard to see it.

17. TheOracle1

Posts: 2213; Member since: May 04, 2015

18. Sparkxster

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Liking Xiaomi's implementation of the foldable phone screen.

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