Earlier this year, Xiaomi launched the Mi Mix Fold foldable smartphone in China. The device was a large foldable phone that competed with Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold. Months later, leaks for its successor, the Mix Fold 2 were surfaced confirming its launch to be sooner than expected. However, now, a new foldable phone from Xiaomi, what we’d call a flip phone, has appeared in a patent that could apparently take on the Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip.
The new Xiaomi Flip Phone was seen in an application filed with the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA). It carries the application number 2020301357510. Unfortunately, it does not reveal any of its specs, but the patented images are available. Surprisingly, it seems to be the same device that was seen a few months back in a patent that Xiaomi filed with World Intellectual Property Organisation(WIPO).
The Xiaomi Flip phone has a similar folding mechanism to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3. When opened, it has a tall form factor, and when closed, it goes to a small squarish shape. While the clamshell mechanism is similar, the rear design is significantly different. The Xiaomi Flip seems to have a horizontal camera module with a dual-camera system. It has a secondary screen on the back, similar to the Z Flip 3’s cover display.
Coming to the primary screen, the phone has a punch-hole display with the camera cut-out at the top left. It features a dual selfie camera setup. It has a volume rocker and the power button on the right spine and boasts a USB Type-C port, a speaker grille, and the SIM-card tray at the bottom.
Apart from this, there isn’t any other information to decode from the images. That said, we expect more leaks of the device to appear in the coming weeks. Xiaomi may launch the phone next year alongside the much-anticipated Mix Fold 2.
In related news, a phone dubbed Mi Mix Flip was also seen in a different patent filed with the same organization, CNIPA. It had a clamshell design that was similar to the Xiaomi Flip, however, it included a circular triple-rear camera system.