Motorola, Samsung and Huawei have been the first major manufacturers to enter the world of folding smartphones, but everything seems to indicate that they will not be the only ones. The Korean media ZDNet Korea ensures that Xiaomi, the fourth global manufacturer according to the data from the IDC consultancy, is already working on a folding smartphone with which to compete with the Galaxy Z Flip, the Motorola Razr (2019) and the Huawei Mate XS .
This smartphone would adopt the shell format that both Samsung and Motorola have also promoted. Xiaomi, in addition, would have contacted Samsung Display for the supply of OLED panels similar to those present in the Galaxy Z Flip, which also has an ultra-thin glass sheet that provides an additional degree of resistance. The source says that the Chinese brand is also considering other providers such as BOE, CSOT and LG Display.
In the past, Xiaomi filed a patent on a folding smartphone similar to the Galaxy Z Flip, so this could be the prelude to the product that finally hit the market.
The mass production of the Samsung Display screens is scheduled to start in the second half of the year, so the commercial launch of the Xiaomi product could take place during the last months of the year or in early 2021.
At the moment, the technical characteristics of the product are unknown, although, if Xiaomi seeks to position the product in the high-end, it will probably incorporate Qualcomm’s most advanced SoC at launch – probably a Snapdragon 865 -, 5G connectivity, a generous RAM module etc.
If the Xiaomi folding smartphone finally materializes and finally reaches the market, one of the most interesting aspects about it will be the final sale price. All the folding smartphones currently available outperform even the most expensive smartphones in the industry: the Galaxy Z Flip costs 1,500 euros, the Motorola Razr (2019) is priced at 1,600 euros and the Galaxy Fold sells for 2,020 euros. This is due, among other things, to the high cost of certain components – such as the screen itself – and the lower production scale.
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