On December 19, a patent submitted by Xiaomi to WIPO was exposed. As shown in the figure, the patent shows that Xiaomi has given a brand-new solution in the era of full-screen – 100% surround screen. Previously, Xiaomi showed the concept smartphone MIX Alpha in the 5G era. It uses a surround screen. The body is surrounded by a whole screen, extending from the front to the sides to the back.
In order to present this design, the Xiaomi engineer team has achieved a number of technological breakthroughs. They include innovative flexible screen layered fitting solutions, innovative flexible screen fingerprint unlocking, and innovative screen sound technology. Unlike the MIX Alpha, this patent shows a 100% full screen without a vertical striped rear camera module.
Not only that, the patent also uses a pop-up camera solution to take pictures and videos. It should be noted that patents do not mean that there will be finished products on the market. Considering that the MIX Alpha failed to go on sale, it is unlikely that this 100% surround screen phone will go on sale.
It expands along the frames as the Vivo NEX 3 already did with its waterfall screen and reaches the back. But the screen is not the only thing that stands out. Since the Mi MIX Alpha is also the first smartphone to have a 108 megapixel rear camera.
Due to the device’s own design, it is impossible to put physical buttons for the volume or to turn it on. So the Chinese firm has opted for virtual buttons. The frames are pressure sensitive on both sides and thanks to a vibration motor simulate the touch of a physical button. So, this “frameless” screen really does have them. At the bottom there is a small 2.15 mm space where the antennas.