For the past two years, the smartphone market has had to welcome multiple foldable smartphones. The first foldable phone, Royole Flexpai, hit the market in 2018. However, the first foldable phone from popular manufacturers is from Samsung and Huawei. The Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X were pacesetters. These smartphones had to overcome a lot of challenges before they eventually hit the market. Since then, we have seen other foldable smartphones from other popular manufacturers. The first foldable phone from Xiaomi will arrive later today. The Xiaomi Mi MIX foldable phone will use the world’s first liquid lens.
According to recent reports out of China, the display suppliers of the Xiaomi Mi MIX foldable phone are now public. According to the report, the liquid lens supplier for Xiaomi’s upcoming flagship OFILM. Furthermore, the screen of this smartphone is an OLED display and it is provided by China Star Optoelectronics, a subsidiary of TCL. The company exclusively produces this screen for the Xiaomi foldable phone.
Xiaomi claims that the liquid lens is a magical innovation, just like a “human eye lens”. The flowable liquid is wrapped by a film, replacing the traditional optical lens. This significantly increases the focal length and focus of the display. In this way, a lens can be microscopic at a close distance and can be telephoto at far.
Xiaomi Mi MIX foldable phone has been in development
Xiaomi has been working on its foldable phone for years. The first prototype of a Xiaomi foldable phone hit the road back in 2019. However, we are yet to see the first Xiaomi foldable smartphone in the market.
According to reports, the Xiaomi Mi MIX foldable phone is similar in design to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. The external display of this device is larger and acts as the main display. In terms of its camera design, this device is similar to the Xiaomi Mi 11. It uses a triple rear camera setup as well as an LED flash in a square module.
The Xiaomi foldable phone will not use any camera on the display. The foldable nature of this phone will allow the rear camera to work as the front camera. According to reports, the Xiaomi Mi MIX foldable phone will be the cheapest flex screen smartphone on the market.
In addition to the Mi MIX foldable smartphone, Xiaomi will also release the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro, Mi 11 Ultra, and Mi 11 Lite later today.