The Chinese company Xiaomi is clearly not afraid to experiment. This is also indicated by the company's new patent, which shows that the company is working on the development of a modular smart smartphone.
New company patent
Dutch graphic designer Jermaine Smit, known as Concept Creator, created a visualization of this smartphone for the portal LetsGoDigital based on the company's patent. Thanks to this drawing, we can see sketches and concepts of the device from Xiaomi, to which the latest registered patent is attached.
The patent is based on the fact that the user can "slide out" the upper part of the smartphone, where the camera module has its place, and the lower part, where he could improve the speaker or another USB port.
This sliding design resembles a Nintendo Switch game console. Extensive documentation describes the Xiaomi smartphone in detail, which consists of several modules, more precisely three. Their individual functions may differ.
The middle part containing the processor, RAM and main battery should remain fixed. In this way, we could upgrade our current smartphone without buying a brand new one, or change the modules we would currently need in different situations.
The design of the front display should not have any frames and therefore there would be a piece of display on the pull-out module. The camera module contains a periscope lens. The smartphone should have top parameters. This vision of a modular device would fit perfectly into the Xiaomi Mi MIX series.
Real vision in sight
As we mentioned in the introduction, this is just a patent. We know from experience that not all registered patents will receive their real use. In the past, Motorola also introduced a partially modular smartphone, where we could connect various Moto Mods to the back of the smartphone, which included, for example, an external speaker or an additional battery.
The Finnish Nokia had a similar project, but this concept never came to light. We will see if Xiaomi will be more successful in this vision.
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