The Samsung Galaxy Fold was so successful that it sold out in five minutes in China. In fact, Samsung is ready to unveil the Galaxy Fold 2 alongside the Galaxy S20 series on February 11. The phone has just passed 3C certification, and it may cost less than $1,000.
The Huawei Mate X also achieved similar success. It also sold out in a matter of minutes in China, at least three times. It was so successful that it was reportedly sold for up to $8,500 by third-party sellers at a time.
In fact, Motorola also featured in the foldable phone segment in 2019, announcing the Moto razr 2019. The phone features a clamshell design, which is what we are expecting in the Galaxy Fold 2 too.
In all of these, Xiaomi has been teasing its own foldable phone but we are yet to see it. However, we have now seen a patent from Xiaomi for a foldable phone with a clamshell design.
According to the report, Xiaomi has filed for a new patent at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The listing suggests that the patent was originally filed in July 2018. However, the organization has just published it.
The patent reveals some features of the phone’s design. The phone will feature a clamshell design with magnets around the edges to keep it folded and prevent accidental opening.
Easy to spot is the absence of a notch or cutout to house the selfie camera. The patent, however, did not exactly reveal any hardware specifications of the device.