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Xiaomi’s inaugural foldable clamshell phone, Mix Flip, could include satellite connectivity

Xiaomi made its debut in the foldable phones market in 2021 with the Mi Mix Fold. Since then, the company has introduced three generations of its book-style foldable devices. Now, Xiaomi is gearing up to reveal its first clamshell foldable smartphone named the Mix Flip.

According to MySmartPrice, the smartphone surfaced on the MIIT (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China) certification website under the model number 2311BPN23C. The listing verifies that the Mix Flip will have satellite connectivity.

As of today, only a few smartphones, including, for example, the iPhone 14 series and Huawei Mate 50, offer satellite connectivity. Satellite connectivity enables phones to connect to satellites in low-Earth orbit (LEO), allowing users to make calls, send text messages, and access the internet in areas without cellular coverage.

Last year, Qualcomm partnered with Xiaomi, Motorola, Nothing, Oppo, Vivo, and Honor to bring satellite messaging to Android phones using Snapdragon Satellite. The presence of satellite connectivity on the Mix Flip could mean it features the Qualcomm 5G Modem-RF system.

While the listing confirms the presence of satellite connectivity on the Mix Flip, it lacks additional details. Recent rumors indicate that the clamshell foldable is likely to feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and run on MIUI 14, based on Android 13.

Furthermore, online renders of the device have emerged, showcasing Xiaomi’s plan to equip the Mix Flip with a triple rear camera setup, including a telephoto sensor capable of 3x optical zoom.

The Mix Flip is anticipated to debut later this year, likely alongside the next book-style foldable, the Mi Mix Fold 4. The precise release date remains uncertain, as does the availability of both smartphones outside of China. Stay tuned for updates.

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