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Xiaomi's second foldable phone could be released this year, reports say

No word on whether the foldable in question will get an international release, however.

Xiaomi threw its hat into the foldable phone ring in March with the Mi Mix Fold.

Xiaomi launched its first-ever foldable smartphone in March, and now tipsters say the Chinese company is getting ready to launch a new one before the end of this year. 

The upcoming foldable, which could be unveiled as early as the fourth quarter, will bring upgrades to the display and hinge, based on specs shared by Digital Chat Station, a well-known leaker, on Weibo

The post reveals that it'll fold inward, meaning it will open and close like a book just like Samsung's Galaxy Fold lineup and Huawei's Mate X2. It will depend on an inner screen supplied by Samsung, which will support a high refresh rate. 

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In addition, the upcoming Xiaomi phone will run on Qualcomm's top-of-the-line Snapdragon 888 chipset and a large 5,000-mAh, battery, according to Digital Chat Station's post. Like Xiaomi's first foldable phone, the camera module of the upcoming one will be headlined by a 108-megapixel shooter, the post says, alongside a liquid lens, which supports 3x optical zoom, and an ultra-wide lens. 

Xiaomi made its official foray into the foldable phone space back in March, with the $1,500 Mi Mix Fold, but it received a China-only release. That phone includes a Snapdragon 888 processor, a Harman Kardon quad-speaker setup, a 5,020-mAh double-cell battery and speedy 67-watt charging support. 

Xiaomi didn't immediately respond to a CNET request for comment.