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Latesha Laroche (2019-04-13)

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Chinese tech firm Xiaomi has unveiled a foldable smartphone with three screen sections. 

Footage appears to show the device fully extended in a landscape orientation before the edges are bent and folded backwards, creating a smaller central display. 

The radical design is currently a mere engineering concept but the firm, dubbed 'Chinese Apple', says it may go into production in the future, if demand is sufficient.  

Xiaomi co-founder and president Lin Bin said the device remains unnamed and revealed the tech giant is open to suggestions from the public. 

Two existing potential names include the Xiaomi Dual Flex and Xiaomi MIX Flex.

Chinese tech firm Xiaomi has unveiled a foldable smartphone with three screen sections. Two folds appear down the screen when held in a landscape orientation and these slabs of screen then nestle behind the remaining operational screen

Lin Bin said in his Weibo post: 'After conquering a series of technical problems such as flexible folding screen technology, flexible cover technology, and MIUI adaptation, we have produced the first folding screen mobile phone.

'It should be the world's first double folding mobile phone.

'This symmetrical double-folded form perfectly combines the user experience of the tablet and mobile phone, making it both practical and attractive. 

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Share 563 shares 'Although this phone is an engineering model, I'd like to show it to everyone. 

'Welcoming everyone to forward / comment / like. If everyone likes it, we will consider mass producing the phone in the future.

'Also, we'd like to name this engineering model. What should we name it? I thought of two: Xiaomi Dual Flex, Xiaomi MIX Flex. Welcome suggestions!'

The radical design is currently a mere engineering concept but the firm, dubbed 'Chinese Apple', says it may later go into production if demand is sufficient. Xiaomi co-founder and president Lin Bin said the device remains unnamed and revealed the tech giant is open to suggestions from the public

Footage appears to show the device fully extended in a landscape orientation before the edges are bent and folded backwards, creating a smaller central display. The handset converts flawlessly from a tablet-sized device with an approximate 4:3 ratio to a more traditional and compact phone-like device when the screen is folded (pictured)

The device, which may be called the Dual Flex or MIX Flex, becomes more of a traditional and compact mobile phone device and the folded back pieces of screen deactivate and go black (pictured)

The handset converts flawlessly from a tablet-sized device with an approximate 4:3 ratio to a more traditional and foldinggymnasticsmat.com compact phone-like device when the screen is folded. 

Details about the handset besides its revolutionary screen are sparse as the firm says it is an early-stage engineering model. 

There is no sign of a camera but the firm appears to have altered the MIUI software for the foldable phone as the screen automatically adjusts when moved and folded.  

The transition is far from flawless with the software grappling briefly with the folding but the demonstration is a stunning proof of concept. 

If the device makes it to the production line it will likely face stiff competition from Samsung, Lenovo and Huawei in the emerging and rapidly surging folding phone market. 

WHAT IS XIAOMI?
 Xiaomi was valued at $46 billion (£34 billion) in its last fund-raising in 2014 - making it briefly the world's most valuable start-up at a time when it was China's best-selling smartphone maker and looked set to make a splash worldwide.

But last year it missed its global smartphone targets by 12 per cent, while its third-quarter China smartphone sales have tumbled 45 per cent, according to research firm IDC - raising doubts that the valuation is still warranted.

Xiaomi, which discloses little of its profit and revenue figures, has increasingly emphasised its range of home appliances such as air and water purifiers, and rice cookers as key earnings drivers. 

The Chinese smartphone company also filed documents with Hong Kong's stock exchange operator for an initial public offering that could be the world's biggest share sale in years.

The newspaper South China Morning Post cited unnamed banking sources saying Xiaomi plans to raise up to $10 billion (£7.4 billion) in a deal that would value the company at $100 billion (£74 billion).

That would make it the biggest IPO since Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's $21.8 billion (£16 billion) IPO in 2014 on the New York Stock Exchange.

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