Today, a Weibo blogger reported that Huawei and Xiaomi have purchased ultra-thin flexible glass for products with large curvature such as folding screens and surround screens.
Ultra-thin flexible glass (UTG) can be said to be the optimized version of the polyimide (CPI) film used in the first generation of folding phones (Samsung GALAXY Fold / Huawei Mate X). And its durability is relatively stronger, while it is thinner. It adopts strengthening process to enhance the flexibility and durability of 30μm (1μm=1/1000000m) ultra-thin glass. During the process, special materials are injected into the ultra-thin glass to ensure its uniform flexibility. In short, ultra-thin flexible glass has a wide range of application scenarios on screens such as folding screens and surround screens.
The previously announced Xiaomi Mi MIX Alpha 5G concept smartphone uses a flexible AMOLED surround screen from Visionox. And it also uses a unique glass lamination technology to reduce the whole surround screen’s ‘plastic sense’. As for the Huawei Mate Xs, it has used an ultra-thin flexible glass. And its performance in all aspects is better than the previous model.
At present, there is no more news about the next generation of Mate X/MIX Alpha handsets. But previously, it was reported that Xiaomi is developing a new version of the MIX Alpha. It should be powered by the Snapdragon 865. Later this rumor was denied by Zang Zhiyuan, deputy general manager of the Xiaomi marketing department. Zang Zhiyuan made it clear that there is no SND865 version of the Xiaomi Mi MIX Alpha.