Ross Young, founder of research companies Display Supply Chain Consultants and DisplaySearch, has published some interesting information for Xiaomi fans looking forward to the launch of smartphones in a new form factor, especially collapsible devices.
According to the information they received from sources in the supply chain, Xiaomi will be the next manufacturer to launch a foldable smartphone. More precisely, next year, Xiaomi has big plans, as the Chinese manufacturer is preparing to release not one or two, but three models.
So the next foldable to hit the market will probably be from Xiaomi which is expected to have 3 foldable in the market in 2021. They will actually have all three types. The first will be unfolded, the second will be unfolded and the third will be seashells.
– Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) December 24, 2020
The source adds that the screen of the first smartphone will bend around the body of the smartphone when folded. The main screen can support refresh rates of 90 and 120 Hz and will be covered with Samsung UTG ultra-thin protective glass. Xiaomi foldable phone with the code name Cetus, should be equipped with a 108MP camera and run Android 11 out of the box.
The screen of the other smartphone can be folded inwards and protected by the case from damage. The third smartphone will look like the modern seashells Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and Moto Razr 2019.
It should be added that Xiaomi showed a prototype of a foldable smartphone in early 2019.
Xiaomi folding phone with code name Cetus leaks into MIUI12 code
A few weeks ago, Xaca’s senior member kacskrz dug a new Xiaomi phone with the code name ‘Cetus’ from the code of the latest MIUI 12 beta version. One of the return key values is ‘isFlodAbleDevice’. The latter is a deliberate misspelling. It must be osFoldAbleDevice. Another proof is that there are fields in the screen code to monitor and identify the folding state. So there is every reason to believe that we are dealing with the first folding phone for Xiaomi.
In terms of configuration, the information that can be seen is limited. However, it includes a Snapdragon processor, the underlying Android 11 system, a 108MP main camera, etc.
Earlier, Xiaomi had demonstrated a prototype of a dual-fold smartphone. Furthermore, it has also released the concept of the MIX Alpha surround screen. However, no follow-up information has been received. Honestly, Lei Jun said that it is not easy to produce a smartphone with a surround screen. This simply meant that Xiaomi was not focusing on this phone at the moment.
On the other hand, Android colleagues Samsung and Huawei, foldable screen phones have triggered a lot of market response. Given that Huawei is facing difficulties, it may be a good time for Xiaomi to launch a folding screen.