Could this mystery foldable phone with two bends be secret Xiaomi device?

Xiaomi may have just come up with one of the better examples of a foldable tablet-smartphone.

Samsung teases foldable Infinity Flex display Samsung will make over one million units for its upcoming foldable phone in initial stock and it will be launched within the first half of 2019, the firm's mobile boss says.

Consumers can expect to see numerous foldable Android phones in the coming year, including the one Samsung revealed in November, showing a 7.3-inch tablet that folds in two with a second phone screen on the back. 

As Samsung gears up to make a million of its Infinity Flex foldable phones, it could be getting competition from Chinese phone and gadget maker Xiaomi. 

Phone leaker Evan Blass posted a video on Twitter showing the device that's "allegedly made by Xiaomi". 

The video shows a person using Google Maps on a tablet in landscape mode, which the user then folds back in two sections for it to transform into a palm-sized gadget with thin top and bottom bezels and curved edges. Maps automatically switches from tablet mode to phone mode with a shorter search bar. 

Blass admits he can't confirm the authenticity of the video, so it's not certain that it is a Xiaomi device or that the company intends to ship it. 

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But if Xiaomi is planning a foldable device, it would be the latest phone maker to tip its hat to the foldable category and one of the better examples of what a foldable device could be. 

Google has announced native support in Android for foldables and has said to expect several new foldable Android devices, which will have either two screens or one screen. 

Royole also showed off its foldable FlexPai shortly before Samsung unveiled its foldable concept, while Huawei is expected to release one this year too. 

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The video shows a user folding a tablet in landscape mode into a palm-sized gadget.

Image: Ewan Blass/Twitter

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