Xiaomi’s folding phone is the best we’ve seen so far

The female Fast & Furious spinoff now has a trio of female writers according to franchise star Vin Diesel. Universal kicked off the street racing franchise back in 2001, but the series has grown tremendously over the last several films. The action and thrills became the center piece of these blockbusters, which thrive on a diverse cast and its familial themes. Through eight movies, Fast & Furious is a $5 billion series at the box office, with the last two each topping $1.2 billion on their own.

Xiaomi’s folding phone has been revealed in a teaser video from the company. Xiaomi co-founder and president Lin Bin has posted a nearly minute-long video to Weibo today, detailing the double folding phone. Both sides of the device can be folded backwards to transform it from a tablet form factor into more of a compact phone. Unlike other foldable phones we’ve seen recently, this certainly looks a more practical use for the technology.

Xiaomi doesn’t provide many details about its foldable phone, but Bin reveals the device in the video is simply an engineering model. Bin does note Xiaomi has conquered “a series of technical problems such as flexible folding screen technology, four-wheel drive folding shaft technology, flexible cover technology, and MIUI adaptation.” Xiaomi appears to have adapted its MIUI software for the foldable phone, and a video is seen playing on the device before it converts from tablet to phone mode.

Xiaomi’s folding phone leaked earlier this month, and it’s set to compete against devices like Samsung’s folding phone prototype and Chinese company Royole’s folding device. Huawei is also reportedly planning to launch a foldable device, and Lenovo has previously teased that it was working on bendable phones. Xiaomi hasn’t revealed when we’ll learn more details about its foldable phone, but given Mobile World Congress starts in a month we’re likely to hear a lot more about foldable devices very soon.

This success has only bolstered Universal’s interest in this world and finding as many ways as possible to continue it. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are set to star in the first spinoff Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw later this year, while movement on Fast & Furious 9 continues. There’s also plans for Fast & Furious 10 and additional spinoffs have been teased by Diesel in the past. One in particular would center around the female characters of the franchise, a project that became a bigger focus after Michelle Rodriguez spoke out on the lacking roles the franchise has had for women.

Thanks to Diesel’s latest Instagram post, the female-led Fast & Furious spinoff just took a major step forward. Diesel posted a photo of himself with his sister and franchise producer Samantha Vincent, which he used as an opportunity to share with Fast & Furious fans that three female writers have been brought into the family to write the spinoff. He announced that writers Nicole Perlman, Lindsey Beer, and Geneva Robertson-Dworet are involved, presumably as the film’s co-writers.

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