A wrap-around display: do we even want that?

A wrap-around display: do we even want that?
Well, the Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha is a thing... The Chinese giant's newest phablet is nothing short of impressive. With its wrap-around screen, the phone glows from every direction. Extraordinary tech? For sure! Practical? Eh... the jury is still out.

Let's forget about the fact that the Mi Mix Alpha will cost almost $3,000 and just think in practical terms.

The handset has no mechanical keys and you will have to use taps on the sides of the device to control volume or sleep / wake. Glass sandwich phones are already a slippery mess, if the Mi Mix Alpha has oleophobic coating applied to all of its sides it's only going to get worse. That's fine, though, you can get a case for it... wait, can you? And what exactly do we stand to gain? OK, we can use the phone's main cameras for selfies, because there's a screen on the back, and we certainly get a "wow" factor out of it. But is there more practicality there, or the potential for such? What do you think?

Do you see any practical use in having a wrap-around screen?

Eh... no?
54.76%
Yeah, it could possibly have a purpose
45.24%

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23 Comments

1. TBomb

Posts: 1549; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

If we can make it so a hurt pixel doesn't destroy an entire row, I could see it being useful. however, finding a good case for this phone would be difficult. Some pros I see: Only need 1 camera (or camera set up) for the whole device. Can create a homescreen page for the back with widgets or semi-frequently used apps. Some cons: battery life. accidental touches. durability.

7. Fred3

Posts: 556; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Just imagine dropping it lol

2. AbhiD

Posts: 838; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Xiaomi has just tried to flex with this one. It has no purpose and will never go mainstream. Have a look at the phone. It's THICCC. No case can ever be used and all it needs is a drop. That's it. A $3000 device will be done. And guess what? Repairing is impossible too. I guess it's already too hard to make, repairing is not even a choice. But still, as Xiaomi's job was to make headlines and show "cool stuff", they have succeeded in it. But that is where the entire story ends. Going forward, 3 designs will gain traction and have actual use too - 1) One with indisplay camera. 2) Foldable phones like Galaxy Fold 3) Phones with a separate smaller display on the back (like Vivo Nex 2 and some Nubia phones)

4. torr310

Posts: 1667; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

At first I hated the curved screen, then there is waterfall screen. Now wrap around? Are we living in the surrealism world?

5. Icent55

Posts: 80; Member since: Nov 02, 2017

Why Hating guys This is the future of Smartphones Phonearena Mark today's date i said it. Funny how your are a Tech site and you cant predict the future....PATHETIC

17. jellmoo

Posts: 2617; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

This is most definitely not the future. What on earth is the use case for this? What does this do better than a standard device? How does this improve your experience? At least a foldable device gives you an increased viewing experience akin to a tablet. What are you supposed to do with this thing? Turn it over in your hand to continue reading your email?

8. DBozz

Posts: 53; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

More than foldable displays, rollable displays have much more usable and durable in my opinion.

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3145; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Is it any wonder flip phones are making a comeback? We have reached the point of diminishing returns in my humblest of opinions.

10. Cat97

Posts: 1920; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Looks so futuristic to me that only for this alone is worth it. Do we want to be stuck in incremental steps, or do we want to explore all kinds of possibilities ? If there weren't manufacturers trying these designs, how would we achieve that science-fiction-like future ? Sorry, I don't want to be stuck in Apple's 10-year major upgrade cycle, my lifespan is limited. I commend Xiaomi, Samsung and Huawei for trying out new designs, and may the best one win !

11. Elvis358

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Yup. This looks cool. And better then foldable phones!

12. OneLove123

Posts: 1161; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Still better than a notch design.

13. CDexterWard

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

The ultimate in productivity - now two people can use the phone at the same time! Patiently awaiting the 6-sided Phone Cube

14. monoke

Posts: 1172; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Huawei : We got a 90° waterfall curve! Xiaomi : Here's the ocean.

15. Nionx

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

Do we want a wrap around screen? No. Is it cool AF and worth talking about? Yes. The level of engineering to get this thing to work is worthy of praise. I salute you, Xiaomi for pushing the envelope on phone design. While people are getting excited about three camera lenses in a square or circle and a notch, here lies some real mobile innovation. Is it practical? Nope, but as unit to show what is possible, its definitely worth taking a look at.

16. Poptart2828

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Simply awesome. Chinese oem are on fire.

20. cmdacos

Posts: 4248; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Looking forward to more OEMs getting on board. Like this new phone but not the maxi pad looking patent from apple.

22. tfpritchjrEMT

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 24, 2015

How the Hell do you hold it?

23. HTC_ONE_MAX

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

for show off ?

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