The Huawei Mate XS is one of the most top-level foldable phones currently on the market, and it looks like Xiaomi has decided to mirror its rival’s textbook by developing its own foldable mobile device that could resemble the Huawei phone in design.
On Friday, a new patent was published for Xiaomi by the CNIPA for a mobile phone design submitted late last year. LetsGoDigital has recently discovered the patent filled on January 5th for the foldable phone and made it known. We’ve seen a number of patents for smartphones in different form factors, such as foldable and clamshell ones, but note that just because an OEM patents a new design, it doesn’t always mean it will make it to the mass market.
Xiaomi’s Foldable Phone Design
The patent shows a device that unfolds from the left, turning into a square device that resembles a tablet. It is, pretty much, the walk-away from the double-fold prototype Xiaomi first revealed in 2019. It is way more similar to the design of other smartphones, such as the Huawei Mate XS, and not that unique.
The image also depicts a thicker area on one of the device’s edges, which also resembles the Huawei Mate XS design. This portion of the smartphone has the proposed four-camera module, a flash, and an extra button. The patent also shows a USB-C port, which is expected in a modern smartphone.
Again, as is always the case with patents, there’s no knowing whether the device will ever make it to the market. However, seeing that people do seem comfortable with foldable phones and the rather high prices accompanying them, it would make sense for Xiaomi to try to develop the phone and launch it.
Huawei’s Mate XS is also very expensive at around $2,700, with limited market availability. In addition, the Huawei foldable phone doesn’t feature Google services, which makes it difficult to enter Western markets over the only real rival in this space: the Samsung Galaxy Fold.