With the Mobile World Congress 2019 about to kick off in a few days, Xiaomi has scheduled a press conference for 24th February, a day before the MWC 2019. Xiaomi has been experimenting with flexible displays and foldable smartphone and seems like to still figuring out the technical challenges around the double-folding smartphone. According to the Dutch blog LetsGoDigital, Xiaomi is considering to call this device Xiaomi Dual Flex or the Xiaomi MIX Flex.
Xiaomi had even teased the device earlier that showed the foldable phone design that could be collapsed under the phone by simply turning it from both sides. Xiaomi global PR team has issued an official statement to LetsGoDigital where the company described the foldable phone as a product where the company was facing challenges with flexible display and folding mechanism and the way MIUI responds to this folding configuration. The PR official statement also explains the display being developed in partnership with the supplier.
"Xiaomi’s Global PR Team official statement: The double folding smartphone is the latest innovation by Xiaomi. One of the key components of the phone, the flexible folding screen, is co-developed by Xiaomi and its supply chain partner. Aside from the screen, its design, folding mechanism and MIUI adaptation are independently developed by us.
Xiaomi is first in the world to present a double folding smartphone and has conquered the technical challenges posed in its three different form factors – double folded, single folded, and tablet form. Prior to finding the best solution, Xiaomi has conducted extensive research and experiments to develop a robust folding mechanism that will allow the flexible screen to withstand mechanical stress.
Each innovation is the result of joint, cumulative R&D efforts from supply chain partners and the device manufacturer. It is misguided to think a folding screen can be easily turned into a folding smartphone without significant breakthroughs in technology. Each segment of the industrial chain has its unique contribution. Xiaomi believes that innovative products and great user experience are made possible with sound collaboration and participation from all parties."
Other than this LetsGoDigital has gone and published some 3D renders of the foldable device based on the previous leaks that show the MIUI skin that the company will use in the foldable device. Although the render shows the phone being used as a tablet by unfolding it from both the sides, what is interesting here is that the camera can't really be seen.
There certainly is a button on the top along with the USB-C port at the bottom along with an earpiece on the top bezel.