The camshell design was introduced in 2020 by Motorola with their Moto-Razr 2 smartphone. The specifications weren’t that great, and it just got on as a gadget. Then Samsung introduced their version of the camshell design with their Samsung Galaxy Fold Z. It bags in flagship specifications along with the fact that it folds glass. Now, a patent of Xiaomi foldable phone which had been approved earlier this week has surfaced. It has also made its way into the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) database. The company had filed the patent back in July 2018 at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It although looks like the Moto-Razr 2 smartphone but has its own differences.
The patent’s hardware specifications and the button placements are still not available.
The design patent shows the Xiaomi foldable phone would have a rotating shaft that connects the top and bottom displays, with magnets placed around the edges to keep the top display folded and prevent accidental opening. It seems like there is no notch in place on the front to accommodate the selfie snapper.
The selfie camera supports a pop-up camera, a flashlight and an unknown sensor which might help with face detection. Xiaomi’s foldable phone is starkly different from the likes of Huawei Mate X and Samsung Galaxy Fold. The foldable smartphone will run on MIUI, skin on top of Google’s stock Android. It’s great to see Xiaomi trying to advance into the folding phone category, considering it a budget smartphone champion.
The Xiaomi foldable phone may be launched in the upcoming keynote for the next quarter.