Xiaomi just patented a phone with a weird-looking inverted notch

Xiaomi just patented a phone with a weird-looking inverted notch
Xiaomi's most recent notch

Since notches first arrive back in 2017, smartphone brands have attempted a range of implementations ranging from wide ones to much subtler waterdrop alternatives. One thing that hasn’t been attempted, however, is an outward facing one. But Xiaomi’s latest patent suggests it could be working on one.

In what is presumably an attempt at creating a low-cost smartphone that also presents a notchless display, Xiaomi’s latest patent envisions a smartphone that features minimal bezels and a rather large hump on the very top of the device. This looks exactly like an inverted notch and is home to the in-ear speaker and two selfie cameras.

On more expensive devices such as the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, the Chinese brand has chosen to implement a slider design that hides the front-facing cameras and allows for an all-screen design. However, this comes at an added cost that most likely wouldn’t be financially viable in the low-end segment. The company is also rumored to be working on two flagships with pop-up cameras but, once again, this is a costly feature.

More often than not, patents are a good indication of what’s to come from smartphone brands in the future. But considering the very unusual design that is shown in the included sketches, it seems likely that this particular  patent will never result in a production device.

Different inverted notch smartphone designs

Different inverted notch smartphone designs

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12 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 377; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

The second reminds me of those Ghost costumes ...

2. LEEDAQ

Posts: 153; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

I get why they've done it but it will cause more problems than positives

3. nivek4011

Posts: 48; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

no. just no.

4. redmd

Posts: 1897; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

It looks like a clipboard.

5. kennybenny

Posts: 192; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

This outer notch design suddenly makes the current notches look good.......

6. kiko007

Posts: 7465; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Holy Hell, that second one though... YIKES!

7. MacWiNux

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

the tempered glass casing says hi

8. Subie

Posts: 2270; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Cell Phone Goiter!

9. iloveapps

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Android sucks at design.

10. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1206; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Kill that creature already, please...

12. diehardnokian

Posts: 147; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

Damn you Apple

13. TBomb

Posts: 1106; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Unpopular Opinion Alert: I actually don't think it looks too bad.

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