Do we need a smartphone with a sliding flexible screen?

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is working on a concept smartphone with a flexible screen that slides around the body of the device. At least, that looks to be the case from a patent application to the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), which was registered in 2019, but only published and commented on a few days ago by the website WindowsUnited.



a close up of a map: A diagram from the Xiaomi patent application, which shows a flexible display that slides around the device.


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A diagram from the Xiaomi patent application, which shows a flexible display that slides around the device.

For years, the form factor of smartphones remained more or less the same. But now with the arrival of edgeless and foldable displays, manufacturers are coming up with ingenious new ideas to stand out from the crowd. Among them is Xiaomi, which is developing a groundbreaking concept, which features a flexible display that slides around the body of the device on a mechanism located

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