Xiaomi And Samsung May Join Motorola’s Clamshell Foldable Phone Party

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Last week, Motorola unveiled its foldable phone Razr. The reboot of its iconic clamshell phone turned out to be the most sensible foldable phone design so far. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei mate X, the Motorola Razr is truly compact. While the Huawei and Samsung devices turn into a tablet when opened, the Razr unfolds to the size of a conventional smartphone. Little wonder then, Motorola’s latest phone has been gaining plenty of traction over the Internet. Now, it looks like the Razr isn’t going to be the only vertically folding smartphone in the industry. As per multiple reports, Xiaomi and Samsung are working on the handsets that may rival the newly announced Razr.

What’s Cooking In Beijing

Xiaomi has been working on plenty of interesting designs. The company has already unveiled the Mi Mix Alpha with a peculiar wraparound display. The company’s Co-Founder Lin Bin also teased a dual fold smartphone in a Baidu post. However, now it seems the Beijing based brand has another smartphone in its pipeline. As per the patent images spotted on CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Administration) website, Xiaomi is fiddling with the idea of building its own clamshell design smartphone. Tiger Mobiles reports that Xiaomi has been granted patents by the Chinese authorities last month. Going by the images filed with the documentation, Xiaomi‘s phone looks a lot like the new Motorola Razr. However, it has a much smaller secondary display. On the other hand, Xiaomi will be more generous with the number of on-board cameras.

Samsung Wants To Fold It Right

Samsung was one of the first mainstream brands to embrace the foldable smartphone design. However, its Galaxy Fold hasn’t been off to a good start. Unveiled in February 2019, the phone was supposed to launch on April 26. But, due to the high failure rate in the display of review units, the Korean brand delayed the release several times. And as you would have guessed, by the time it hit the store shelves, consumers were not really keen on shelling out their hard-earned money on this gadget. Samsung is desperately looking to make things right in the market for foldable screen devices. And that could come in the form of a clamshell folding smartphone.

Recently, a poster for Samsung’s W20 5G (W2020) was spotted at the company event. Its W series includes premium flip phones, sold in the Chinese market. But, now the rumor has it that the South Korean brand will revamp the ‘W’ series with a foldable AMOLED display. A couple of months ago, GIzmo China reported that Samsung Clamshell phone will feature a 6.7-inch AMOLED screen. It is also speculated that Samsung will squeeze in two batteries in this device. During the Samsung Developer Conference, the company’s Twitter account almost confirmed the upcoming phone by posting a teaser for a new form factor in the foldable phone line-up.

Only time will tell how these devices are going to shape the future of the industry. Though one thing for sure that things are going to get interesting next year.


Chandrakant is a sci-fi movie aficionado and wannabe space explorer. He writes about consumer technology for bread and butter. He has worked with some of the esteemed publications like PCMag, TechTree, Asian Age, Deccan Chronicle, NDTV Gadgets, and more.

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