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Xiaomi patent hints at all-curves phone display, which sounds nice but also impractical

A smartphone display with every edge a curve would look beautiful -- just don't drop it.

Published onFebruary 8, 2019

A new Xiaomi patent was just unearthed by Let’s Go Digital. The patent describes a smartphone display that is curved on all sides. Imagine the curved sides of a Samsung Galaxy S9 but those curves also being on the top and bottom of the device and you’ll have an idea of what could happen.

It sounds pretty nifty, and LGD’s mockup of this hypothetical device, as seen above, looks really cool.

The patented Xiaomi design doesn’t feature a front-facing camera lens, which means it would either forego that feature or use some sort of in-display lens instead.

Check out the patent mockup below:

While a smartphone that’s all curves is certainly a cool idea, it doesn’t seem all that practical. Putting the device into a protective case, for example, would be pretty futile, as the case couldn’t protect the edges of the smartphone without covering up the curved edges that make it look so nice in the first place.

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Without a case, the smartphone would be easily broken with just a few drops, no matter how tough the glass might be.

However, it’s completely possible Xiaomi is just patenting this idea to prevent other companies from taking it, or it could be trying to drum up some publicity surrounding its upcoming innovations. In other words, this might never actually become a real product.

What do you think? Would you buy a phone with curves on all sides? Let us know in the comments.

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