Has Chinese firm Xiaomi made a BENDABLE smartphone? Leaked video shows a mobile with a flexible screen
A number of tech firms have been working on flexible displays for some time and now a Chinese brand appears to have made a mobile phone with a bendable touchscreen.
Smartphone and home appliance maker Xiaomi seems to have created an almost entirely flat phone prototype that sits in the palm of the hand.
A clip posted on video-sharing site Youku shows a person scrolling through apps on the flexible screen.
Smartphone and home appliance maker Xiaomi seems to have created an almost entirely flat phone prototype that sits in the palm of the hand
The screen is shown to be curved to fit into the user’s hand.
The display is a prototype product and appears to be using Xiaomo’s latest MIUI 8 software, claims GizmoChina.
However, it is not clear from the video how exactly the screen is powered and the company has so far not released any further details on the prototype or even confirmed its existence.
Xiaomo has been contacted for comment.
Futuristic ‘bendable’ touch screen phones could soon be reality
Korean firms LG and Samsung are both said to be working on phones with flexible screens.
In June, it was reported that Samsung is set to introduce two phones with bendable screen next year.
The firm has already shown off the folding OLED screen technology several times – but it is believed it has now finalised products that will use it.
Bloomberg claims ‘Samsung is considering introducing two new smartphone models that will feature bendable screens, including a version that folds in half like a cosmetic compact, people familiar with the matter said.’
At January’s CES tech show in Las Vegas, LG showcased an 18-inch rollable display, which is believed to be a world first. The technology could potential be used in future to produce a flexible smartphone screen
‘This product could be a game-changer if Samsung successfully comes up with a user interface suitable for bendable screens,’ Lee Seung Woo, an analyst at IBK Securities in Seoul told Bloomberg.
A recent patent reveals Samsung is planning a handset that simply folds in half when not in use.
According to Patently Mobile, the device is set to be part of Samsung’s Galaxy range.
Previous reports have claimed it has the codename ‘foldable valley’ and is already being tested.
It recently shows off the screen that could power the device – a 5.7inch flexible OLED screen.
PHONE USES FLEXIBLE SCREENS MADE USING GRAPHENE
In May, it was reported that the world’s first bendable smartphone made using graphene, which was first developed in Britain, was set to go on sale.
Made by a company in China, the device’s graphene-based screen is so flexible that it can be worn as a chunky bracelet.
The revolutionary material combines being both extremely thin – one atom – and strong – 200 times stronger than steel.
Graphene was first isolated in 2004 by two scientists at The University of Manchester, who were subsequently awarded the Nobel prize.
Prof Andre Geim and Prof Kostya Novoselov, who have also been awarded knighthoods, have been collaborating with academics and businesses around the world to identify commercial uses.
A Chinese start-up company called Moxi has developed a smartphone with a flexible screen made using graphene, the carbon based material that won scientists in Manchester the Nobel Prize in 2004
Apart from the creation of flexible screens, it will have uses in everything from building aircraft to super-efficient solar panels, medical devices and even condoms.
The phone has been created by a little-known start-up company in China called the Moxi Group, which is based in Chongqing.
It seems have stolen a march on much bigger rivals like Samsung of South Korea and Apple, who have been working on their own flexible handsets.
Moxi says it will ship 100,000 of the devices for the Chinese market this year at a price that is equivalent to £531 ($776).
The first handsets will have a simple black and white screen, but the company has demonstrated a full colour version which is capable of streaming videos.