Speaking of the development of smart phones to the present, it is difficult to have a fundamental innovation in fixed form. However, in 2019, Xiaomi launched the concept machine MIX Alpha. The new “surround screen” design is really amazing, but it is too difficult for mass production. And eventually “difficult delivery.”
Although Xiaomi MIX Alpha failed to achieve mass production in the end, Xiaomi’s research and development work on the “surround screen” has never stopped! Dutch technology blog LetsGoDigital shared a new patent for Xiaomi’s “surround screen” mobile phone today. The appearance is so cool! It uses a sliding cover-type hidden front camera that can hide the selfie camera. And the flexible screen solution that extends from the bottom to the back of the fuselage.
This “electronic device” patent was published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on October 29, 2020. Judging from the illustrations, this phone is simply at the forefront of fashion .
The entire front of the Xiaomi mobile phone in the patent is composed of the screen surface, and the three sides of the screen are very narrow and the front camera cannot be seen. Through the sliding mechanism, the flexible display can slide down 2 cm from the front, and can also extend seamlessly to the back of the fuselage through the bottom.
After sliding and extending, users can intuitively see components such as the front camera, ambient light/distance sensor, point projector, and earpiece. In addition, through two electromagnetic fixing mechanisms, the machine can also avoid accidentally retracting when taking pictures.
But in order to make room for the rectangular rear four-camera + LED flash module (similar to Xiaomi 10T / Pro), this flexible screen only occupies about 3/5 of the back of the fuselage.
In theory, users don’t even need to slide the front camera out, but can also directly shoot themselves through the rear camera (using the flexible screen extending to the back as a viewfinder).
The sliding mechanism can have different operating modes. The user can tap the screen, and then the flexible display screen starts to move in the desired direction. In addition, the sliding function can be controlled by voice commands.
Just look at the design of the phone. If this Xiaomi phone is launched, the price will definitely not be cheap, and the production difficulty is no less than that of MIX Alpha. Large technology companies will apply for patents in the market. Whether it can be finally applied to mature products for sale, it is necessary Relying on time to verify, will you look forward to the advent of your phone?
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