The Chinese manufacturer may be jumping on the clamshell bandwagon if this newly approved patent from 2018 is anything to go by.
Xiaomi's patent shows an almost bezel-less display, and - interestingly - a pop-up camera. There's a dual rear camera that's set in a small display, most likely to give the user a little heads up on calls and messages at a glance, without having to open the phone.
Of course, this doesn't mean that it's definitely being worked on, or that it'll ever get to market, but as the new form factor appears to be getting more traction, it's no entirely out of left field for Xiaomi to be cooking up something that looks like this. [Pocket-lint]
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