Xiaomi is one of the companies that will announce a foldable smartphone this year. Well, the company just moved one step closer to that goal, as the very first foldable smartphone from Xiaomi just got certified.
The device surfaced on TENAA, China’s equivalent to the FCC. This handset does support 5G, which is to be expected. The phone got listed with a M2011J18C model number.
Having said that, in the listing itself, there’s no indication that this is a foldable smartphone. A well-known tipster, Digital Chat Station, however, says that it is. He’s usually spot on with his information, so… that gives it some credibility.
This phone actually surfaced on TENAA back on February 2, but it hasn’t been spotted until now. Unfortunately, this listing does not share any specific details about the device. We’ll have to wait a bit longer for it.
That being said, this handset is probably the company’s first foldable smartphone, but Xiaomi is tipped to launch several this year. The company is said to launch three foldable handsets in 2021, at least according to Ross Young, a well-known display analyst.
We’re not sure if Xiaomi will aim to include premium specs inside of this phone, but chances are it will. One of Xiaomi’s foldable smartphone prototypes even appeared in the wild back in January. You can see it below.
As you can see, this phone folds inwards, similar to the Galaxy Z Flip 2. It does seem to be quite large, though, considerably larger than the Galaxy Z Flip 2. This may not be the final product, though, so take it with a grain of salt.
Ross Young even said that the very first Xiaomi foldable smartphone will arrive in early 2021. That means that we may see it in the near future, and not in the second half of the year, when most other foldable devices will arrive.
As a reminder, Samsung, Xiaomi, Google, OPPO, Vivo, and Motorola are all expected to announce their foldables this year. Huawei already did, recently, with the Mate X2.