Xiaomi’s latest patent shows that the company is exploring a new and unique design for smartphones – a rolling display that appears like a scroll. The patent, which was recently spotted online, reveals that the smartphone has a columnar housing on one side that accommodates the flexible display, giving it a scroll-like appearance. While it’s unclear if Xiaomi will bring this design to market anytime soon, it’s an interesting development that highlights the company’s commitment to innovation and experimentation. If successful, this design could pave the way for a new generation of flexible and rollable smartphones that offer users a more immersive and dynamic experience.
It’s intriguing to consider the possibilities of a smartphone that functions like a scroll and can be rolled out of its housing. However, it’s important to note that this is still a conceptual design, and there’s no indication yet of when or if at all Xiaomi will release a device with such a design feature. Further, there is almost nothing that we know about the specification of the smartphone. That said, the patent suggests that it may come with a pop-up camera module.
All of this has come at a time when foldable smartphones are all the rage. Also while most manufacturers have either already launched foldable smartphones or are in the process of doing so, the fact remains that foldable phones are yet to become mainstream. One likely reason for that being its high cost. Also, foldable smartphone design too perhaps is yet to reach a stable design phase, something that has been achieved with conventional smartphones.
Rollable display technology too has been in development for some time now, and LG has already showcased its first rollable OLED TV at CES 2021. While it’s exciting to see smartphone manufacturers like Xiaomi exploring this technology, there are still many questions regarding the durability and practicality of a rolling smartphone display. Cost is another factor that could seriously inhibit its mass adoptions. Under the scenario, it will be interesting to see how Xiaomi and other companies continue to push the boundaries of display technology in the coming years.