Xiaomi patents Motorola Razr-like clamshell foldable phone

On: November 15, 2019

The iconic Motorola Razr was resurrected yesterday with with a clamshell design and foldable screen. As exciting as it might sound, the Lenovo-owned firm might not be the only manufacturer to offer a clamshell smartphone for long, as Samsung teased their iteration of a vertically folding design last month. Now, it looks like Xiaomi is also looking to cash in on this trend. A few images from the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) that surfaced recently revealed that Xiaomi has patented a design for a clamshell smartphone with foldable screen. Sketches of the device divulge quite a few interesting design elements.

Xiaomi clamshell foldable phone design

Xiaomi clamshell foldalbe phone patent

Xiaomi’s clamshell foldalbe phone design patent

Xiaomi filed for a patent back in August 2018, which was recently granted. Xiaomi’s version of a clamshell smartphone is slightly different from what Motorola has done with the new Motorola Razr. According to the sketches, Xiaomi’s smartphone features a primary foldable display along with a smaller secondary display on the cover. The secondary screen probably holds information like notifications, caller ID and time. 

In the closed state, the smartphone is a perfect square. It flings opens revealing a display with a tall aspect ratio. The smartphone exhibits a dual-camera setup in the closed state. A selfie camera is hidden in the upper bezel of the interior along with an earpiece and sensors. Its side bezels are almost non-existent.

While filing a patent does not guarantee an actual device, it provides insight into the direction the company plans to take for the future. With the Huawei Mate X and Samsung Galaxy Fold fighting it out, and the Motorola razr being revived, it is safe to assume that we will be seeing several new foldable smartphones in 2020.


Anvinraj Valiyathara

Anvin is a self-proclaimed geek who has been writing about smartphones for nearly 10 years. After using phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note, Sony Xperia Mini, Lumia 730, Lumia 950, Honor 7, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Honor 8 Pro to name a few, he is now a happy user of the POCO F1. In his free time, he participates in church activities and likes to travel.