The hottest feature of current smartphones is the full-screen and maybe the multi-camera module. Manufacturers with any size design make full-screen smartphones. So it’s a mainstream and if any model lacks this feature, it immediately appears out of the game. But there are different types of full-screen displays, including the bangs screen, drop screen, genuine full-screen, three-border-less screen, etc. Recently, LetsGoDigital reported that Xiaomi applied for two design patents to WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office), showing the design appearance of smartphones with a very high screen ratio.
Unlike the ordinary full-screen smartphones on the market, Xiaomi’s first patent shows an inverted bangs screen style. In fact, it looks like a regular notch screen smartphone but reversed. The second patent shows two front-facing cameras placed in the lower left and lower right corners. Some users have already managed to give some names to them. The former one is called ‘the full teeth (nostrils) full screen’ and the latter is known as ‘the binaural full screen.’
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As you know, the Xiaomi Mi MIX series has already adopted a similar design. The camera is placed at the bottom. Since the front camera is located relatively low, it is generally required to be used upside down during taking selfies and making video calls. So why does Xiaomi choose this arrangement? Some analysts believe that this design will have more aesthetic features because your eyes are more focused on the top of the screen than the bottom. So the gap is not so obvious.
These patents were officially released on March 29. But we still have no idea whether they will turn into reality anytime. Actually, starting from Android 9.0, Google does allow the above-mentioned shaped screen solution to exist, and the system also provides native optimization support. However, the significance of patents is not only to pave the way for their own products but also to protect creative and anti-malware competition. Therefore, not all patents, especially design patents, will eventually be converted into final products.