Alleged Xiaomi bendable smartphone showcased in a hands-on video

Xiaomi may also have a foldable phone in the works

The UI on the device keeps adapting when it is folded and switches automatically from tablet UI to phone UI after folding and the bottom bar gets narrower. The device has Google Maps, which is optimised to work on a foldable smartphone with dynamic UI change. 2018 was good for Xiaomi, but it looks like the company is planning to make 2019 a better one. What's more, Xiaomi isn't new to pushing the boundaries of smartphone design - its Mi Mix series were one of the first phones with truly bezel-less, no-notch displays.

The video shows a gadget that folds in half, thus it can be used in full and not folded. After launching its lower-end Redmi smartphone product line as independently operated subbrand, Xiaomi looks eager to accelerate its growth in the premier market, where most of its competitors have the upper hand.

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The rumor hints a phone manufactured by Xiaomi, and they are working on a foldable phone. Nevertheless, it would be interesting to see if more manufacturers can provide foldable smartphones for affordable prices and if this indeed is the future of smartphones. The Pro version is said to feature 6GB RAM as well. The time shown in the top-left of the display suggests the device is running on Android 9. There might be a high-end dual or triple camera setup at the rear, which could also double up as a selfie camera (in a folded state). ET News sources reported in July of previous year that Xiaomi was developing an "out folding" phone with plans to release it someday in 2019.

The other effect of a device like this is the additional thickness, something we don't get to see given the video is shot in the dark.

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