Xiaomi's flexible phone concept folds on both sides
The executive has confirmed rumors that the company is working on a folding device.
Xiaomi truly is working on a foldable phone, company president and co-founder Lin Bin has confirmed in a teaser he posted on Weibo. In the video, you'll see the executive using a tablet-sized gadget -- until he folds its sides and uses it like you would any phone. Its UI even automatically resizes itself to occupy just the middle part of the screen, so you won't have to flip the device to look at the folded parts of the display.
To make it as authentically phone-like as possible, the company put a power button at the top-center of the device when it's held in landscape mode. That way, the button will still be easily accessible when it's used as a phone. Bin wrote in his post that the form factor, which "perfectly merges the experience" of a phone and a tablet, is the result of the company's work on foldable displays, folding hinges and other technical challenges. He also said that it's just a prototype at this point, and that the company "will consider mass producing it" if it gets positive feedback from consumers online. Xiaomi has two possible names in mind for the prototype -- Mi Dual Flex and Mi MIX Flex -- but it's also looking for suggestions.
该设备处于横屏模式时，顶部中央有一个电源按钮，这样，当作电话使用时，也方便使用电源按钮。林斌在他的帖子中写道，这种将手机和平板“完美融合”的外形，是该公司在可折叠屏幕、可折叠铰链和其他技术挑战上的成果。他还表示，目前这只是一个原型机，如果能从网上得到消费者的积极反馈，该公司“将考虑大规模生产”。小米这款原型机有两个备选名称——小米Dual Flex和小米MIX Flex——但也在征求大家的建议。
You'll likely have to wait a bit before you can buy the device, and that is if it makes it past the prototype stage. Here's a translation of the executive's post on Weibo:
"Xiaomi's dual-folding phone is coming! After tackling flexible folding display, four-way folding hinge, flexible cover tech, MIUI adaptation and other technical challenges, we have made the first foldable phone, and should also be the world's first dual-folding phone. This symmetrically dual-outer-folding form factor perfectly merges the experience of a tablet and a phone, it's both practical and beautiful. Even though it's still a prototype, we're showing it to you all. Feel free to share, comment and like. If you all like it, we will consider mass producing it.
Also, we would like to give this prototype a name. What do you think?I have two: Mi Dual Flex, Mi MIX Flex. Suggestions are welcome!"
另外，我们想给这只工程机起个名字，大家觉得叫什么好? 我想到两个：小米Dual Flex，小米MIX Flex。欢迎大家提建议！”
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/46975.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Samsung probably slightly ahead in mass production area, but their current designs are a non starter for many folks, with that 30mm curved "fold" it looks like a demo model from 2010 !!! Not that I care, I won't buy until 3rd/4th generation and prices are reasonable.
Still a bit clunky imo, keep it going manufacturers you'll get there.
a prototype is always nice and shining in a corporate video.
Man I swear this looks too good to be true.
Where's the front facing camera?
Foldable phones will be the next Android tablet. I like this concept.
This looks too good to be true. Is this real or just a video showing how it WOULD look if they made it? I want to believe this is real but it looks so far ahead of any other flexible display phone I have seen yet. How durable would the screen be after folding it so many times?
that's interesting but, I can't find it useful. Maybe for gaming devises?
Just want to point out the real technical issue here. Two-side folding is unnecessary as each hinge create complexity, vulnerability and sacrifice space. The amazing part of this PROTOTYPE is how flat the hinges are after folding. Unlike the folding phone showed on CES or the Surface Book. If this video is not "Final Cut-ted", then they really made some breakthrough in the screen and the hinge.
It looks like a nice product, but I don't see what the advantage would be of two folds over just the one. It seems like just an excuse to differentiate itself from existing designs.
Mi MIX Flex is probably the better name...or Mi MIX Folio.
米MIX Flex这个名字可能更好听，或者米MIX Folio。
Phones are nearing peak design efficiency so companies are probing any semi-viable gimmick to try and seem innovative.
Those, who say it's fake, think it's a CG? lol. He is holding a real thing. Can't you see it really? What is that, blinded by jealousy? There is a huge potential with this technology, when done right.
I love how Xiaomi and Samsung are trying to one up each other these days by showing off products that don’t actually exist yet.
wow that looks millions of years ahead of samsung (and apple of course)
Because it’s not a real thing though. Anyone can make a concept video.
Decent tech, wasted on smartphones.
Use it in wearables where it belongs.
Too fake. Trash made in China.
Lol the jealousy is real
Yeah, just because there is no shiny bitten apple logo on it
If it did, he'd be ready to spend any amount of money for it.