A few days ago, XDA senior member kacskrz dug a new Xiaomi phone code-named ‘Cetus’ from the code of the latest MIUI 12 beta version. One of the return key values is ‘isFlodAbleDevice’. The latter is a deliberate misspelling. It should be osFoldAbleDevice. Another proof is that there are fields in the display code to monitor and identify the folding state. So there is every reason to think we are dealing with the first foldable phone of Xiaomi.
In terms of configuration, the information that can be seen is limited. However, it includes a Snapdragon processor, the Android 11 underlying system, a 108MP main camera, etc.
Previously, Xiaomi had demonstrated a prototype of a dual-folding smartphone. Moreover, it has also released the concept of the MIX Alpha surround screen. However, there has been no follow-up information. Honestly, Lei Jun said that it’s not easy to manufacture a surround screen smartphone. This simply meant Xiaomi was not focusing on this phone at the moment.
On the other hand, Android counterparts Samsung and Huawei, folding screen phones have set off a lot of market response. Considering that Huawei is encountering difficulties, it may be a good time for Xiaomi to launch a folding screen.
Snapdragon 875 SoC
Since it is a folding screen smartphone, the positioning will not be low. Moreover, folding screen smartphones require more powerful processors. So we guess it should come with the Snapdragon 875 that will debut in December.
There are no specific details about it yet, but it should be produced using the 5 nm process technology. In terms of configuration, the Snapdragon 875 is expected to include one Cortex-X1 core, three Cortex-A78 cores and four Cortex-A55 cores.
It was previously reported that Samsung Electronics won a KRW 1 trillion ($849 million) order for the production of next-generation 5G high-end smartphone mobile application processors for Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 875. They could win such a large order mainly because they improved the 5nm process and the yield rate was too low.
According to the latest news, the code name of the Snapdragon 875 is Lahaina. There is also the code name of Lahaina+. This may be the Snapdragon 875+, which is also in line with Qualcomm’s approach. We mean the previous Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 865+ are based on this idea.