New day, new patent in the Xiaomi house. This time the idea is truly unique, and consists of a smartphone equipped with a removable display battery. The documentation has been found – as often happens – by Letsgodigital, and the publication at the Chinese CNIPA is dated August 4, 2020.
Xiaomi is certainly not new in looking for "extreme" solutions: just think of the Mi Mix Alpha concept, whose debut dates back to last September. In this case the idea concerns the screen, which is completely removable and which connects to the rest of the smartphone through specific connectors that simultaneously supply power.
Once integrated, the two components (display and body) make up an apparently normal smartphone, with a high screen-to-body ratio thanks to the absence of holes on the panel. Holes that are visible, however, once the screen itself is removed: it could therefore be an extreme solution that involves the presence of front cameras under the display. Finally, on the back there are three cameras positioned vertically.
The images accompanying the Xiaomi patent: you can see the "whole" smartphone, the body and the removable panel.
The question now arises: what use will a smartphone with a removable display ever serve? We assume that patents are used by companies to explore new territories / technologies, and it is not at all certain that the idea will then turn into a commercial product. Xiaomi's intention could therefore only be to study new solutions, to be applied perhaps in different contexts (or perhaps even to be definitively discarded). What is certain is that in this case the replacement of a broken or even ruined touch panel would be much simpler than usual …
The images of the patent elaborated by Letsgodigital
In short, modularity is always welcome, as long as it is actually useful.
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