Thanks to a few recent patents spotted by ITHome, we just got our first look at a couple of unique devices we could see in the future from Xiaomi. These patents don’t reveal too much information, but they show us what appears to be either two triple-screen or possibly foldable devices.
Xiaomi applied for these patents late last month, and the Chinese State Intellectual Property Office announced their approval on January 10. Unfortunately, there is no description of these devices available, so all we have to go on is the sketches and renders.
The first device rocks what appears to be a near bezel-less triple-sided design, with the display wrapping around the front, back, and left-hand side. There isn’t a front-facing camera visible, though we can see a dual-camera array around back. We can’t tell if Xiaomi completely omitted a front-facing camera or if it is just hiding in one of the tiny bezels or under the screen.
The second device also rocks both front and back displays, but instead of the display wrapping around the side, this device’s screen goes over the top. The patents don’t include a render showing off the top of this device, so we can’t be sure if it completely wraps around like the first device or not. It also features a rear-facing dual-camera setup with no visible selfie camera like the first render.
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Though the patents don’t say if either device is foldable or not, it’s worth mentioning that this could be the case. If it is, the former looks like it would be a horizontal folding device while the latter would sport a vertical folding design. Last month, we got a look at another patent for a vertical foldable from Xiaomi, but, unlike that device, both of these new patents would feature exposed foldable displays akin to the Huawei Mate X.
Note, this is all just speculation until we officially hear more information from Xiaomi. And, as is the case with all patents, there is no guarantee Xiaomi will even bring these devices to market.