Xiaomi patent design shows secondary rear-facing display

“The patent sketch shows the screen is placed on the other side of the camera housing and is in symmetry”

Xiaomi might be working on a dual-display smartphone if a new patent is anything to go by. The primary display in the patent image is like any other phone with ultra-slim bezels, a sizeable chin beneath the screen and, sensors and earpiece up top. The secondary display is rather interesting, and is present on the rear and surprisingly, isn’t nearly as big as the one Vivo NEX Dual Display or the Nubia Z20. The secondary display on the new Xiaomi-patented phone is as small in size as the quad-camera housing on the back. The patent sketch shows the screen is placed on the other side of the camera housing and seems to be in symmetry. From the looks of it, the secondary display seems to surface Caller ID and notification alerts when the phone is placed face down.

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From the looks of it, the secondary display seems to surface Caller ID and notification alerts when the phone is placed face down.

Furthermore, the display might also show controls for music playback as well. There is no selfie camera on the front which suggests the secondary display might serve as a view-finder as well to click selfies with the quad rear cameras. This seems like an odd implementation considering the screen is tiny to show the entire subject in the frame. Either way, since this is in the patent stage, there’s no way to tell if Xiaomi would ever bring such a design to reality. We should know more details going forward.

Separately, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun recently announced that all new smartphones priced over RMB 2,000 (about Rs 20,000 or $285) would support 5G. The company is also planning on launching the Redmi K30 smartphone in China before the end of this year, and this will also have a 5G connection. The handset will have a punch-hole design to house dual selfie snappers.