Xiaomi’s Foldable Smartphone Spotted In Official Video Promo
The era of foldable smartphones is upon us, with 2019 being the year that fans across the globe will get their hands on foldable devices from brands like Huawei, Samsung and Xiaomi. Previously, a video was showcased which showed Xiaomi’s VP using the company’s first foldable smartphone. When it was announced that the Chinese company may not release it’s foldable device anytime soon, the fan chatter died a bit. However, the expectation bar may have been raised again, as a video teaser was posted on Xiaomi’s official Weibo page. And it showcased the foldable Xiaomi smartphone in all its glory.
In hindsight, the new teaser drops a lot of hints, the major one being the fact that Xiaomi may debut the foldable market in the smartphone very soon. The 10-second video teaser shows the device being handled by a user in both the “flat” mode and the “folded” mode. Noteworthy, the fact that the device is folded from both the edges may lead to the device being more portable and compact than its competitors. It may also mean that the smartphone has a bigger screen size than other foldable devices.
Another feature that was showcased in the video was the gesture control in the foldable smartphone. The feature seemed very handy for a device it’s size, especially when it is switched to the tablet mode. Also, the speed at which the phone was folded into the smartphone mode was also remarkable, considering that it literally shrunk to half its size in the blink of an eye.
Expected Pricing & Availability
The Xiaomi foldable smartphone is expected to run on the Snapdragon 855 chipset, which is the norm for any flagship smartphone right now. The device’s foldable display is speculated to be co-developed by Visionox, as per reports. The device may debut in the second quarter of 2019, and users may witness its first launch in China. As far as pricing is concerned, the foldable smartphone may be priced aggressively as compared to other upcoming foldable smartphones. Seeing as how the Galaxy Fold from Samsung is priced at US$ 1,980, Xiaomi may adopt almost half the price of the same, placing it at under US$ 1000.