This is Xiaomi’s design for a gorgeous 4-sided edge display on a phone you can’t have
Xiaomi has been in the headlines recently for a few different developments, including the folding smartphone it’s working on, as well as its 5G smartphone that’s also on the way, and the China-based company will no doubt attract more attention during Mobile World Congress 2019 when its new phones are in the spotlight. Meanwhile, we’ve also got a new tidbit from the company to lust over — the design for a gorgeous, 4-sided edge display the company has just patented, as spotted by Dutch blog LetsGoDigital.
The blog sets up its reporting of the new design patent from Xiaomi, from which it prepared the rendering you can see above, by noting that while Xiaomi is one of the largest smartphone makers in China, it’s got something like 5% percent of the total market share in Europe (and of course you can’t buy the company’s handsets here in the US at all). In the blog’s home country, there’s no Xiaomi shop or retailer — the point being, if the company wants to ever break out of its home market, it will need to rely in part on innovation to get noticed.
Which brings us to the new design.
Xiaomi’s patent was published in the Global Design Database of the World Intellectual Property Office a few days ago. It depicts, among other things, a full-screen smartphone that sports a dual camera on the back.
Per LetsGoDigital, the really interesting thing about this device is the display that’s rounded on all four sides. There’s also no button on the screen, which comprises up to half the thickness of the housing, according to the site. We’re left to make assumptions about the front-facing camera, which could be situated under the screen. As the site goes on to note, Xiaomi introduced the Mi Mix 3 last year, which was the “world’s first full-screen smartphone with a slider camera that houses a dual front camera.”
Perhaps Xiaomi’s acquisition of rival Meitu late last year will also come into play here, with the company’s selfie apps possibly playing a part in forthcoming Xiaomi handsets like this one.
Chinese brands don’t always have the best track record in terms of garnering a solid commercial foothold in Western markets, for reasons that are really the subject of another blog post at another time. However, it’s certainly interesting to point out that designs and attention to detail like what Xiaomi apparently wants to attempt here continues to underscore the break that Chinese smartphone manufacturers have made from the past, when many of them were considered cheap, utilitarian — borderline disposable, even. A few brands have even managed to win fans in places like Europe and the US, like OnePlus. This Xiaomi design is admittedly gorgeous, and we’d certainly love to use one that looks like this, though, of course, beauty is in the eye of the… well, you know the rest.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/47022.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Youwould21 hours ago
I bought a Xiaomi miA1 on Amazon. Great phone under $200.
I have Bigly words that I know.yesterday
Too bad, because any phone you can buy in the US you can buy in China, plus 200 other choices.
Missaka17 hours ago
Xiaomi is a tech giant. Builds a wide array of electronic which are affordable and of the highest quality.
Rick15 hours ago
Now that's a nice phone. If it had a stylus, I'd buy it.
rvpMD6 hours ago
this is how samsung started, until it finally ran every competitor except apple out of the market
yahoo19 hours ago
Have been using iPhone...crap battery and lost out in design and now even on technology. My daughter change her iPhone to xiaomi pocophone and most satisfied with it. Stole technology I don’t know but I remember how much the holier than thou USA stole much technology secret from Japan and Germany after ww2.
Richard18 hours ago
How is it that China expects globally registered patents of their companies to be respected, but they don’t respect globally registered patents of foreign firms in China?
Not buy $1000 phone
Bob18 hours ago
Chinese companies should be barred from all global patents until China enforces patent laws IN China.
Allan9 hours ago
Hey, XiaoMi, keep you company low profile or your CEO, CFO, COO... will be arrest oversea.
嘿，小米，低调点，否则你的CEO, CFO, COO将在海外被捕。
Danny C19 hours ago
Hahahaha.... nice try
Surfer Dude16 hours ago
No thanks. It contains malware planted by china.
Mad Dog18 hours ago
Don't chinese phones have spyware?
Joe11 hours ago
The American are jealous cus they cant have nice things in U.S.
My name10 hours ago
If that phone not working on Verizon network, it will not be sold to me.
Frank16 hours ago
You the novelty of the gadget has run its course when this is considered advance worth crowing about.
Bill18 hours ago
Its a damn shame that our government protects Apple from competition like this. The chinese get to use the latest technology while we have to pay rediculous high prices for Apples same old krap!
Bill18 hours ago
Its time for Apple to knock off the hubris and produce something great like this or go out of business!
Tom S9 hours ago
I wouldn't want one anyways.
Darren23 hours ago
Stolen tech from SK, Japan and US
Pennywise the Clown15 hours ago
We laugh, ridicule, and are dismissive of the Chinese while in true they first stole tech from other countries, then they learned from what they stole and are starting to innovate
Fester2 hours ago
You can buy this phone and expect you phone to be filled full of corrupted Chinese spy apps
Mark4 hours ago
Did Xaiomi steal something from someone and patented that?
don't want chinese junk