- A Xiaomi patent suggests the corporate is exploring a scrollable, wrap-around show smartphone.
- The sliding display, held in place by magnets, additionally hides a pair of selfie cameras.
- The submitting additionally describes how such a system would operate on the machine.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix Three introduced sliding-phone aptitude and practicality to a contemporary smartphone. It allowed the handset to parade an all-screen facia whereas nonetheless together with a twin selfie array. Now, Xiaomi‘s newest patent is placing a brand new spin on this sliding smartphone idea.
The patent, noticed by LetsGoDigital, is just like that detailed in a earlier submitting from September 2020. However, the brand new itemizing does make clear how the system will operate.
The machine is all-screen up entrance, and that show wraps across the again of the cellphone too, stopping solely simply in need of the rear digital camera array. More curiously, the sled-mounted display can scroll all the way down to reveal the selfie cameras. Here’s what the Dutch publication thinks this machine may appear to be.
That selfie array showcases two cameras and two extra sensors. As for operation, Xiaomi would let customers faucet the show or use a voice command to slip the display down and reveal the entrance cameras. The display occupies round two-thirds of the cellphone’s rear. When utilizing the selfie cameras, the display is held in place by electromagnets.
If this design isn’t to your style, there’s a second machine described within the patent too. While the display additionally slides, it strikes horizontally relatively than vertically.
Could this be the Mi Mix 4?
It’s unclear if this design is being critically thought-about for a Mi Mix follow-up. The patent was printed in October 2020 which suggests the corporate has had time to ponder and excellent this technique.
Plenty of corporations are additionally exploring related designs, too. LG is engaged on a rollable cellphone, but it surely’s unclear if it’s going to see the sunshine of day. Samsung has thought-about a smaller machine with a versatile display that slides round its backside edge. Even Huawei has dipped its toe within the patent pool.
We bought affirmation final 12 months from Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun that the agency is engaged on a brand new Mi Mix — a tool typically bold in its tech execution and design. But will Xiaomi dare to implement this design on a ready-to-market product? We’ll have to attend and see.