The shape of today’s smartphones is finally changing after more than a decade of staying the same. As a result of the debut of the folding smartphone category in 2019, we now have foldable smartphones from four different manufacturers: Samsung, Huawei, Moto, and Xiaomi. More Android OEMs, including Google, Oppo, and Vivo, are expected to release foldable phones by the end of the year, according to a recent report. Toward the end of 2020, Oppo unveiled the OPPO X 2021 Rollable Phone, the world’s first-ever rollable phone. According to a patent filed by Xiaomi, another Chinese manufacturer appears to be working on a similar concept.
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Xiaomi recently submitted a patent application for a smartphone with a rollable display. Xiaomi appears to have taken a different approach than Oppo based on the patent. The Oppo X 2021 Rollable phone, as you may recall, extends from one side. Xiaomi appears to be considering a rollable that can extend from both edges, which would place the camera in the middle of (the back panel’s horizontal axis). However, unlike the Mi MIX Alpha, the panel will not retract inside; instead, it will occupy the back panel, as the display appears to be extended to the back panel. Take a look at the images below to get a better idea of what I’m talking about.
The smartphone will accomplish this by employing two motors to expand and retract the screen. Readers should be aware that this is just a patent from Xiaomi, and that the company does not guarantee that such a product will be released in the future. Other smartphone manufacturers, on the other hand, are developing rollable phones. Samsung has already confirmed that rollable phones are in the works. There have also been numerous leaks about LG’s upcoming rollable phone, but it will sadly never be released due to the company’s decision to completely shut down its smartphone division. Are you looking forward to a new smartphone category? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.