Rumor: Xiaomi and Huawei to launch curved screen “edge” smartphones this September

Rumor: Xiaomi and Huawei to launch curved screen “edge” smartphones this September
Samsung's edge tech certainly makes for elegant and futuristic-looking devices. There may not be many practical benefits to having the screen curved at the edges, but it certainly makes for a desirable look on a gadget. Some manufacturers have attempted to replicate the edgy display look with smartphones like Blackberry's Priv, Vivo's Xplay 5, and the most recently announced and not so popular Ulefone Future, but the curved corners are still an exotic feature among the major brands.

A new rumor coming from Chinese tech media MyDrivers claims that not one, but two major companies are planning to join the “edge” fray this September. One is Huawei, while the other is Xiaomi.

According to the report, Xiaomi's device will be called the Mi Edge, or Mi Note Edge. Now, Xiaomi has had a top-tier Mi Note device in its portfolio before, but going all the way and actually calling the device Note Edge may be just a bit over the top, so we would take this piece of info with a massive lump of salt. Allegedly, Xiaomi will be buying its curvy displays from LG — as you may remember, the company did show an Edge-like prototype smartphone to its partners back at CES 2015. It is supposed that LG was looking to sell the tech to other smartphone manufacturers, so a deal between it and Xiaomi doesn't sound too outworldish.

The alleged leak also claims that Huawei will be getting their supply of dual-curved screens directly from Samsung. The name of the supposed device is said to be “Huawei Edge Mate”, but, again, we have to cringe in disbelief here, at least until we get some more solid reports.

As mentioned, both devices are said to be prepped for a September announcement, probably around IFA times. Xiaomi did just launch its Mi 5 flagship a couple of months ago, and it's not unreasonable to imagine that it may be looking to introduce a high-class phablet to go along with it half a year later — that's exactly what Samsung has been doing for some years now, and it seems to be accepted well. September is also the time when Huawei will have to refresh its pressure-sensitive Mate S flagship, if the company does intend to keep it on the traditional 12-month upgrade cycle, that is.

source: MyDrivers (translate) via GSMDome

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14 Comments

1. Kumar123 unregistered

If they really bring this type of display then there will nothing left to samsung to differentiate their phone from other android manufacturer. I hope they bring this type of phone to other country beside China. Go Xiaomi.

2. MrMiyagi

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

But everyone was screaming gimmick when the edge first came out...fast forward 2 years later 5 phones already deploy it.

4. Kumar123 unregistered

It is a still gimmick. Unlike pressure sensitive display curve display doesn't provide any real benefit to user experience. But gimmick and spec sheet are important to android users. So Xiaomi and Huawei will also add that to sell their phones.

5. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Not gimmick that sells, but the looks.

6. cherry.dev

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

honestly, i don't like the distortion screen when it's turned on. but it looks quite cool when the screen is off.

7. TerryTerius unregistered

It's there for the sake of aesthetics, it looks good. Again I ask, what exactly is wrong with that? Good design is not a gimmick. But Samsung does need to stop pretending as if it adds a whole new level of functionality.

15. iushnt

Posts: 3069; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I feel so pitty for Kumar now a days

3. launernoon

Posts: 81; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Ha! Every OEMs start to copy Samsung after seeing how good Samsung did with it's edge devices. Yes, the edge screen is not practical and haters just couldn't stop hating, but guess what? Other OEMs are starting to follow the trend! Just like how the haters say amoled was awfull and only Samsung actually put effort and time to improve Amoled. Now it's proven to be better, everyone wants to use Amoled tech that Samsung has been investing in for so long, even apple! Shame on these cheapskate OEMs.

8. TerryTerius unregistered

I would much rather them come up with their own original design. The dual curved edges are basically there for the sake of aesthetics. They're not copying functionality from Samsung, but the way their devices look. That annoys me frankly. It's lazy.

14. jeevanand88 unregistered

Its nothing wrong to copy some popular feature then there... evn samsung copied few things from other mobiles... in fact the gorilla glass back from s6 is copied frm xiami...!! Cool..!!

9. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ha! Talk about GLORIFIED GIMMICK!!! Apple's 3D Touch and LG's Secondary Display is miles ahead of so called 'Edges' when it comes to productivity, practicality and usefulness... Fanboys will always remain blindfolded fanboys... It does look premium, I can respectfully agree... But apart from that, I don't see the appeal... As of yet, at least! G'Day!

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and they'll make their own version of "edge UX" with various new function, and samsung will adopt that new function on their future edge flagship, nice

11. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

I like how the Edge looks but in practice I'd never buy it.

13. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Being the owner of an S7e, I can say that I practically never use it. And yes, it makes the phone much more attractive, but with a case I barely notice (not to mention that I'll never feel like my phone is fully protected with any case because the edge always has to be exposed). I really only got the edge version so that I could have the bigger battery.

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