The tech industry has been fantasizing about foldable displays for a really long time. LG’s G Flex and G Flex 2 came a step closer to fulfilling this craving, but these handsets are still far from offering true display flexibility.
Lenovo also showcased a bendable design concept during IFA 2016 in Berlin and a few Samsung patents outlining foldable tablets and smartphones have been spotted over the years. So we know that tech giants are indeed interested in the whole flexible phone affair and are experimenting with the concept.
Xiaomi seems to be one of them. A few images that popped up on Baidu recently and were picked up by GizmoChina, appear to showcase a Xiaomi foldable smartphone display running the company’s custom MIUI 8 OS. Judging by the photos, the screen can be bent backwards and forwards, as well as left and right. If you don’t believe the images showcase the real deal, you can also check out a video showing the display in all its splendor.
But before you jump for joy, consider it’s probably still going to be a while until flexible smartphones like Xiaomi’s will become available for purchase on the market.
Manufacturers are bumping into a few problems while these phones are concerned. Even if we put cost problems aside, there are still the issues of lifespan and short wear-and-tear cycles, to be taken into consideration. On top of that, important phone components like batteries and other internals also have to be manufactured to be as flexible as the displays themselves.
Even so, Samsung and LG are pouring funds into the production of OLED flexible display as well as into researching new OLED technology.
The idea of having a smartphone that can be neatly rolled into your pocket is enticing enough, especially since such a handset would be impossible to break, so hopefully device manufacturers will find workaround these problems.
All in all, it does seem the Xiaomi prototype is a real thing, which is really exciting. Who’s ready for unbreakable phones? We know we are.