Xiaomi could launch three foldable smartphones in 2021. Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC), shared the alleged development via Twitter. Previously, Xiaomi has already been linked to a foldable smartphone to be in the works. In addition to Xiaomi, other players such as Oppo and Samsung are also expected to work on foldable smartphones. Young also said in another tweet that the Samsung Galaxy Fold 3 will have a smaller main display and display cover.
According to tweet by Young, the next folding smartphone “to hit the market” will probably be Xiaomi. He said Xiaomi is expected to have three foldable smartphones on the market in 2021 which could be launched in three types of designs: foldable, foldable and clamshell. However, he did not mention which of these models will be launched first. Earlier this year, a report claimed that Xiaomi placed an order with Samsung Display and LG Display for foldable OLED panels for a flip phone.
In an other tweet, Young suggested that Samsung could launch the supposed Galaxy Z Fold 3 (not the final name) with smaller displays than its predecessor, the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Young also said that the foldable smartphone’s main display will shrink from 7. .59 inches to 7.55 inches. The lid’s display will be 6.21 inches long, compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 2’s 6.23-inch screen, because Samsung wants “more space for the S Pen”.
Additionally, Young said the alleged Galaxy Z Flip 3 / Flip Lite will have a 6.7-inch display and the South Korean tech giant will incorporate a 120Hz refresh rate and low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPO) technology on the phone. In fact, a recent report claimed that Samsung will launch the Galaxy Z Flip 2, Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Fold Lite foldable smartphones in 2021.
Citing OLED research firm UBI Research, the report predicted that the Galaxy Z Flip 2 will have a 6.7-inch internal screen and a 3-inch external screen, Galaxy Z Fold 3 will have a 7-inch internal screen and a 4-inch external screen, and the Galaxy Z Fold Lite will also have a 7-inch internal screen and a 4-inch external screen. The report also claimed that all three folding Samsung models would use ultra-thin glass as cover windows and use the internal folding method for the design.
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