Xiaomi’s latest patent shows a foldable phone with quad-cameras

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Xiaomi’s got a foldable smartphone in the works since late last year but hasn’t offered an update on its availability yet. More recently, two other patents for foldable phones have surfaced, one for a dual-hinge tri-section folding phone with three cameras, and another for a clamshell design like the new Moto Razr.

On Tuesday, another patent was listed on China’s CNIPA for a foldable phone with three sections and four cameras. Remember, just because a patent is filed by an OEM it doesn’t mean the design will become a real product.

The following mockup was posted by Dealntech and shows the phone in its closed position. This ensemble resembles the Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha smartphone with a display that wraps almost all the way around the body of the phone. The cameras on the Mi Mix Alpha were also off-center to allow a large piece of the back section of the display to be used.

Xiaomi’s latest patent shows a foldable phone with quad-cameras

The sections of the patent drawings with wavy lines represent the hinge mechanisms of the phone’s hardware. Like both the Huawei Mate X and Galaxy Fold, we anticipate the display will be protected by plastic. The patent only shows a vague layout of the device’s hardware. There are no ports, buttons, or slots shows on the sketches aside from four circles symbolizing a quad-camera setup.

Unofficial 3D renders of Xiaomi’s foldable phone

Foldable devices are certainly the next industry transformation. We’re excited to watch OEMs present their interpretations of a foldable smartphone. Xiaomi’s foldable smartphone is expected to launch in Q2 of next year as per a March report.

Source: dealntech.com

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