Mira a Bin Lin, presidente de Xiaomi, jugar con el prototipo del teléfono flexible de la empresa. ¿Cómo lo nombrarías?
Samsung is expected to show off a fully functioning version of its hotly anticipated foldable phone at its Galaxy S10 launch event on Feb. 20. But after Chinese rival brand Xiaomi teased its own book-like foldable phone on Wednesday, will people still care?
In a video posted to Weibo, China’s answer to Twitter, Xiaomi co-founder and president Bin Lin plays a series of videos on a flat, rectangular device that looks like a tablet. Then he folds the right and left edges of the screen back on itself and continues using the device in typical smartphone mode.
This is novel for two reasons. It’s the first time any company has seen a trifold foldable phone prototype and at first glance, this design makes a lot of sense. So far we’ve seen foldable phones that bend down the middle, such as the Royole FlexPai that’s on sale now, and the folding Samsung prototype, a phone that’s rumored to be called the Galaxy X, Galaxy F, Galaxy Fold or Galaxy Flex.
Second, Xiaomi’s design is the first true challenge to Samsung’s early leadership in the foldable space, a brave new design that’s poised to bring the stagnant smartphone market renewed interest and growth. Industry experts agree that foldable phones won’t drive enormous sales and revenue when they first appear, but that early movers can gain experience in what works and what doesn’t ahead of rivals who hang back.
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