According to foreign media reports, Xiaomi has applied for a new patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The folding screen product pointed to by this patent is similar to the previously released Motorola Razr (2019) flip-type foldable mobile phone.
It is reported that the patent was filed in July 2018, which is consistent with the content of one of the two folding screen patents discovered by foreign media in 2019.
Based on previous reports, Xiaomi has submitted two different styles of folding screen patents to the Intellectual Property Office:
One of the patents is a patent for a flip-out screen similar to the Huawei Mate X. The patent picture shows that the camera uses a five-shot lift design. As the screen is turned outward, these five cameras are above the screens on both sides. It can be used normally, both as front and rear. As a result, its screen ratio is close to 100%. It can be understood as the ultimate version of MIX Alpha.
The second patent is a Moto Razr-style flip-fold design. Xiaomi’s patent does not have the Razr’s huge chin, but the top is reserved for the frame because of the handset camera sensor. The back of the fuselage is divided into two parts, the upper part has a secondary screen with a rectangular opening, which is convenient for viewing notifications when folded.
This time the report revealed more details of the second patent: the Xiaomi foldable phone in the patent is equipped with a rotation axis, which is used to connect two displays. At the same time, a magnet is provided on the edge of the screen. Of course, as a patent, it may or may not be applied to product design.