Gizcoupon reported on April 11th that Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd. received a design patent for a “mobile phone.
The abstract indicates that the design pertains to a mobile phone used for running programs and mobile communication. Its key focus is on its shape. As shown in the patent diagram, the screen of this product can be rolled into what appears to be a cylindrical phone. Moreover, it comes with a pop-up camera at the top.
From the patent description and images, it seems that Xiaomi’s patent is for a curl screen phone design. It enables the screen to expand and retract into the device, thus avoiding the crease issues found in foldable screens and reducing the size of the phone. This patent is seen as an exploration and attempt by Xiaomi to diversify and advance the mobile phone market. However, it must also consider the durability, cost, and compatibility issues of the curl screen technology.
The use of curl screens in mobile phones has been a topic of discussion for some time. But companies like Samsung are already experimenting with this technology in their Galaxy devices. However, the use of a full curl screen has yet to be fully realized in the mobile phone market. Xiaomi’s patent may be an indication that this technology is becoming more mainstream.
The patent is also indicative of Xiaomi’s continued efforts to innovate and expand its product offerings. As one of the leading smartphone manufacturers in China, Xiaomi has been at the forefront of mobile phone innovation, with a wide range of devices that feature cutting-edge technology.