Just a day after ZTE foldable smartphone patent appeared on CNIPA, here comes Xiaomi with a different approach on foldable devices. A new foldable patent has just arrived revealing a flex type foldable design. It is quite different from the already available foldable devices.
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Xiaomi’s new Foldable design patent offers a quad or Penta camera module with a notification led and an LED flashlight. A side pane is acting as a central module to the smartphone which would feature the processor, battery, and other necessary elements of the smartphone hardware. Among the side panel camera and buttons, there could be a button to fold and unfold the device.
The whole display can be flexed like a notebook and can be locked with the knob. On the bottom, we can see a speaker grill, SIM card tray, and the visual of the folding mechanism. Moreover, there’s a USB Type-C Port that is placed in the center of the side panel.
Xiaomi Foldable patent also details the placement of the volume rocker and power button on the side panel of the device. Overall, the design is applaudable with such a nice placement of every element.
In other words, we can say, it is a better version of Huawei Mate X which was launched last year. However, we can’t confirm that Xiaomi will use this design for its first foldable smartphone. However, we hope it could be the most affordable foldable smartphone.
The patent was surfaced at CNIPA (China Intellectual Property Administration).
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