Xiaomi has been within the headlines lately for a couple of totally different developments, together with the folding smartphone it’s engaged on, in addition to its 5G smartphone that’s additionally on the way in which, and the China-based firm will little doubt appeal to extra consideration throughout Cell World Congress 2019 when its new telephones are within the highlight. In the meantime, we’ve additionally received a brand new tidbit from the corporate to lust over — the design for a beautiful, 4-sided edge show the corporate has simply patented, as noticed by Dutch weblog LetsGoDigital.
The weblog units up its reporting of the brand new design patent from Xiaomi, from which it ready the rendering you’ll be able to see above, by noting that whereas Xiaomi is among the largest smartphone makers in China, it’s received one thing like 5% p.c of the entire market share in Europe (and naturally you’ll be able to’t purchase the corporate’s handsets right here within the US in any respect). Within the weblog’s residence nation, there’s no Xiaomi store or retailer — the purpose being, if the corporate desires to ever get away of its residence market, it might want to rely partly on innovation to get observed.
Which brings us to the brand new design.
Xiaomi’s patent was printed within the World Design Database of the World Mental Property Workplace a couple of days in the past. It depicts, amongst different issues, a full-screen smartphone that sports activities a twin digital camera on the again.
Per LetsGoDigital, the actually fascinating factor about this gadget is the show that’s rounded on all 4 sides. There’s additionally no button on the display screen, which includes as much as half the thickness of the housing, in accordance with the positioning. We’re left to make assumptions in regards to the front-facing digital camera, which could possibly be located beneath the display screen. As the positioning goes on to notice, Xiaomi launched the Mi Combine three final 12 months, which was the “world’s first full-screen smartphone with a slider digital camera that homes a twin entrance digital camera.”
Maybe Xiaomi’s acquisition of rival Meitu late final 12 months may also come into play right here, with the corporate’s selfie apps probably enjoying an element in forthcoming Xiaomi handsets like this one.
Chinese language manufacturers don’t all the time have the very best monitor file when it comes to garnering a strong business foothold in Western markets, for causes which can be actually the topic of one other weblog put up at one other time. Nevertheless, it’s actually fascinating to level out that designs and a spotlight to element like what Xiaomi apparently desires to try right here continues to underscore the break that Chinese language smartphone producers have created from the previous, when lots of them have been thought-about low-cost, utilitarian — borderline disposable, even. A number of manufacturers have even managed to win followers in locations like Europe and the US, like OnePlus. This Xiaomi design is admittedly attractive, and we’d actually love to make use of one that appears like this, although, after all, magnificence is within the eye of the… properly, the remainder.