- Xiaomi has patented a smartphone with a removable display.
- When detached, the display of the phone can work independently.
Thought smartphone design has become too unimaginative? Think again. Xiaomi has just secured a patent for one of the most bizarre smartphone designs weâ€™ve heard about in the recent past, and no, weâ€™ve not forgotten about LGâ€™s rumored rotating and rollable phones. The Xiaomi phone weâ€™re talking about takes unconventional smartphone design several steps further with a â€” wait for it â€” removable display. Yeah, you heard that right.
The Chinese company has been experimenting with some daring smartphone designs and the Mi Mix Alpha with its 360-degree display is perhaps one of the best examples of it. Just a few days back, we also saw a patent for a Xiaomi phone with the ability to store wireless earbuds. This latest detachable display phone is once again proof of the whacky design thinking going on over at Xiaomi. Take a look at it in the images obtained from the patent below (h/t: Letâ€™sGoDigital)
How does it work?
According to LetsGoDigital, Xiaomi filed this patent for the multi-part phone in China back in March and it was granted today.
The patent describes a device with two components: The â€œmain partâ€� or the body and a â€œsplit partâ€� or the detachable display. The main part has double the thickness of the split part and when linked together, the two form a normal smartphone. However, the display can be detached to function independently. Which means it has to have its own power source. A USB-C port, two speakers, selfie cameras, primary cameras, and buttons are all part of the main body.
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LetGoDigital claims that the selfie shooters are actually under-display cameras that hide behind the removable screen when the phone is in its normal state. Thereâ€™s no notch or punch hole on the display so they might be right about this.
Further, the outlet discloses that the screen can be charged wirelessly via a wireless connection to the housing.
Itâ€™s all too complicated if you ask us. The patent doesnâ€™t describe any use-case scenarios but folks over at LetsGoDigital point out a few. According to the publication, the detached display might be useful as a remote viewfinder for the cameras or for the purpose of gaming. Weâ€™re not too sure if these are advantages are important enough to warrant the actual production of such a complicated phone. Time will tell if Xiaomi agrees or disagrees.
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