Bonkers Xiaomi foldable device shows up on video before taking on the Samsung Galaxy Fold

Bonkers Xiaomi foldable device shows up on video before taking on the Samsung Galaxy Fold
If you believe in the potential of the foldable form factor to revolutionize a stagnant and increasingly boring smartphone industry, you’re probably excited about Samsung’s other product launch scheduled for February 20.

But there are actually numerous other companies working on foldable mobile devices of their own, of which one in particular managed to grab our attention a couple of weeks back in a mouth-watering and, frankly, far-fetched hands-on video.

Believe it or not, the same exact product is today casually showcased by none other than Bin Lin, Xiaomi’s Co-Founder and President, looking positively dreamy, as well as lightyears ahead of what Samsung demonstrated back in November.

Of course, we still don’t know exactly how the Galaxy Fold (or Galaxy F) is supposed to look (or bend) in its final, commercial-ready form. But what Xiaomi has in the pipeline is the world’s first double-folding device, seemingly capable of switching from a tablet-style usage mode to a more practical smartphone-like aspect by bending the top and bottom (or left and right) portions of the screen backwards.


Even as a conceptual idea, that sounds pretty bonkers, not to mention incredibly hard to execute and mass produce without major durability concerns. But Xiaomi’s head honcho claims the company has already managed to “conquer a series of technical problems”, including flexible folding screen technology, flexible cover technology, and MIUI adaptation.

All that being said, we obviously shouldn’t get too excited just yet, as the droolworthy product manhandled on video by Bin Lin is still very much an “engineering” prototype, with no commercial release plans etched in stone right now.

But if the feedback is positive, which seems like a guarantee, Xiaomi will apparently “consider making a mass production machine in the future.” By the way, the potentially groundbreaking device doesn’t have a name yet, with related suggestions welcome. Xiaomi Dual Flex and Mi Mix Flex are Bin Lin’s top ideas for the time being, but if you have a better one, we’re all ears and something tells us the company is too.

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27 Comments

1. Abdbaas

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

Just. Wow.

9. shaineql

Posts: 520; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

yeah just display No Camera No IO No FPscanner Nothing. Samsung or pretty much any company can make bendable display now..

12. midan

Posts: 2557; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

exactly

14. ZerosAndOnes

Posts: 82; Member since: Oct 12, 2018

Do you know as a fact that it does not have under display fingerprint reader? Its a freaking concept and it definitely will have some kind of camera. Thats a video of a concept that's probably half a year old.

2. dubaiboy78

Posts: 442; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

True innovation unlike other company giving too high price on their device like s**t. Greediness at finest!

3. cmdacos

Posts: 3818; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Looks interesting but the screen in the back was still on when it was folded and in use. That needs to be fixed or it's just wasting battery for no reason.

4. TheOracle1

Posts: 1913; Member since: May 04, 2015

That's easily solved with software. Meanwhile that's a foldable phone I'd buy in a heartbeat. Xiaomi and their Chinese counterparts are way ahead of everyone else in innovation. It's not even close anymore especially compared to a certain company that claims the innovation title by producing the same phone every year and charging more for new emojis.

5. midan

Posts: 2557; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"Meanwhile that's a foldable phone I'd buy in a heartbeat." Except you can't and propably not in a very long time, so there's your innovation. Anyone can innovate, but turning it to ready consumer product is totally different thing You really think Apple doesn't already have something like this in prototype state?

15. ZerosAndOnes

Posts: 82; Member since: Oct 12, 2018

Its going on sale this year alongside the Samsung's foldable phone. You will enjoy it in 3 years when Apple copies it as it does with every single thing so far. 3 years after for water resistance, 3 years after for wireless charging, and it will be 3 years after for under display reader.

18. midan

Posts: 2557; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

If i want to enjoy that i can just buy it when it's available. By the way still not using wireless charging, neither need for under display reader, i already have better solution.

24. cmdacos

Posts: 3818; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lmao, you don't have a better solution for either.

16. TheOracle1

Posts: 1913; Member since: May 04, 2015

Sorry, did I hurt your feelings? Lol Xiaomi are one of the few companies that can and will put this into production very quickly.

21. mootu

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

I agree. Everyone said the same when the Mi Mix was a concept, 3 months later and you could actually buy one.

26. TheOracle1

Posts: 1913; Member since: May 04, 2015

Same with the Vivo Nex. Midan is the lead singer of the iFoolz so don't expect anything logical from him unless it's Apple.

6. Elvis358

Posts: 198; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

This just looks better than Samsung's foldable smartphone. Thats for sure and that Royale.

8. midan

Posts: 2557; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Where have you seen Samsung foldable?!?! I'm Interested to see the design, so far there haven't been leaks.

10. shaineql

Posts: 520; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It literaly dosent have front or back cameras , no io , no nothing , its just concept bendable display...

11. Budhainthemood

Posts: 64; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Meh, another copycat company copied the tech from Samsung and LG...basically a gimmick, than some real use. Kids would be very happy, though. At least for a couple of hours and then would switch back to the iPad:)))

22. mootu

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

You do know chinese screen makers have had foldable Oled tech just as long as Samsung and LG don't you? And neither Samsung or LG has shown off a dual folder so just how did Xiaomi copy their tech?

13. Nionx

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

Interesting. I look forward to seeing the final design. It should have some type of hinge cover at the back that flips over to cover the screens that slips back. It could activate the ambiant sensors turning the screen and touch off while providing much needed protection. I'd feel away laying my screen directly on a surface

17. el33t626

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Just add a Oppo Find X motor or something similar to house the camera and sensors.

19. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Nice concept. The UI still far from finished, but looks good enough. They don't need to add front camera, just fold half of it and use the small screen as selfie screen (using back camera)

20. Leo_MC

Posts: 6391; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Too much middle finger :))).

23. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

No thanks,. The screen looks warped.. gimmicky

25. Farcaster

Posts: 147; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

Literally just a bendable screen from probably years ago.

27. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2255; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

wallet from Xiaomi

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