If Xiaomi's insane Mi Mix Alpha concept seems familiar, this Apple patent could be why

If Xiaomi's insane Mi Mix Alpha concept seems familiar, this Apple patent could be why
As we told you earlier today, Xiaomi unveiled the Mi Mix Alpha, a 5G concept phone that features a wrap-around screen that the company calls a "4D surrounding curved display." Because the AMOLED panel wraps around the phone, the screen-to-body ratio is an unheard of 180.6% and there are no bezels. Virtual buttons on the side of the phone will replace physical ones and icons normally found on a phone's status bar at the top of the display are now moved to the sides. While some enthusiasts are already wishing that they can get their hands on the phone, the odds are that it will only be available in China in limited quantity. The price is expected to be 19,999 yuan (equivalent to $2,800 USD), even costlier than the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X.

If a wrap-around display seems familiar, Apple received a patent back in 2015 for a curved screen that we might call a waterfall display today. The patent illustrations displayed virtual buttons on the side of the phone, similar to what Xiaomi has done for the Mi Mix Alpha. Last year, Apple was granted a patent by the USPTO for its application titled "Electronic device with wrap-around housing." Inside the transparent housing is a display; this means that the device imagined by Apple does have a wrap-around display. Like Xiaomi's concept phone, content can be viewed on any portion of the wrap-around display. At the time, we mentioned that an iPhone with a wrap-around display would have two user interfaces; one would be used with "the central portion of the transparent housing component, and a second user interface comprising a control input (would be used) through at least one of the peripheral portions of the transparent housing component."


Apple originally filed the patent application back in 2016. And no, we do not think that an iPhone with a wrap-around display will be available anytime soon. Keep in mind that the Mi Mix Alpha is still a concept and Xiaomi is only planning to produce a limited number of units at this point in time.

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21 Comments

1. OneLove123

Posts: 1161; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

We get it, Apple did it first!!!! Oled, large screen and many more. Android copied all of it.ahaha

3. toukale

Posts: 641; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

You know, none of those things are Android innovations. Adopting a standard first into a device first is not innovative.

19. shm224

Posts: 295; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Neither were "rounded corners", or "slide to unlock" on the iPhones. Those mentioned innovative techs such as AMOLED, large screens weren't intrinsic to Android only, but they were developed and introduced by Android makers for their Android phones. They became available for Apple only after they'd been commodified and mass-marketed under a false (marketing) banner of Apple innovation.

5. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Exactly. Shees not everything is about apple ffs PA. BTW, imo Huawei mate X s**t all over this thing from a design perspective plus it's foldable and smaller for good measure.

2. MsPooks

Posts: 150; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Wrap-around screen is not necessarily a wrap-around "housing."

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2617; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

A stupid design is a stupid design regardless of who makes it.

6. Vancetastic

Posts: 1508; Member since: May 17, 2017

Somebody is trying to start a fight here....

7. jibraihimi

Posts: 815; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Except for first iphone and first ipad, apple isn't very courageous in introducing something new and innovative in recent years............from being a front runner, in the era of Steve jobs, they are becoming forerunners, who just like to copy and improve what someone has already introduced earlier.......

17. TheOracle1

Posts: 2329; Member since: May 04, 2015

I think you meant "foreskins": nothing to talk about until something is produced.

8. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 166; Member since: May 29, 2019

And this really doesn't matter to anyone else.

9. Mikele

Posts: 172; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

I guess it would have been Phonearena noise if Apple releases it first. Suddenly the phone is made of glass and it's too expensive

13. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 166; Member since: May 29, 2019

There's a clear level of bias in the tone of interest, to the most minute details. Quotes around features when it's about Android, no flavor in wording or apparent sensational headline. Sensationalist enthusiasm in the headlines for equally minute details in Apple products. When not that many people outside the techie bubble care regardless.

10. ahmadkun

Posts: 605; Member since: May 02, 2016

the point is .. we have to be thankful there are other companies are actually trying, because if we wanted to wait for Apple we will see it in 2080 with our grand sons

11. monoke

Posts: 1172; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Oh sure. It was daddy Apple that invented it. Pinch to zoom. Remember that ground breaking development. That was Apple. Wow. Mind blown!

15. lyndon420

Posts: 6815; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Apple also invented the rectangle with rounded corners...and we are all so thankful for that!!

12. Rocket

Posts: 669; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

The patent illustrations displayed virtual buttons on the side of the phone, similar to what Huawei has done for the Mi Mix Alpha. Huawei or Xiaomi?

18. TheOracle1

Posts: 2329; Member since: May 04, 2015

Huh? Make some sense please.

14. Alcyone

Posts: 461; Member since: May 10, 2018

Poor ol' LG. Everyone ripped off its Prada design. Everyone. Sadly, no one here remembers that phone. Just wish it had a global launch. Can't change history, just accept it.

20. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Other suitable titles for future PA articles: 1. List of stuff apple thought of but did not make 2. Did you know Apple patented the wheel? 3. Your future phone? Apple already thought about it and patented it On a side note: no, it does not look familiar

21. S4NDY

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

More like Mate X than that Apple never used patents

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