Xiaomi has announced its latest phone concept: a “square curved waterfall banquet.” This means that the unnamed phone’s screen not only has deep 88-degree “waterfall” curves on the left and right sides, but also on the top and bottom, leaving no room for ports or buttons. Xiaomi says this is meant to “expand the boundaries of the screen to infinity” and enable “a true, portless unibody design.”
The obvious question is how it can possibly work in the corners of the screen, and based on advertising images, it seems that Xiaomi only leaves them blank with small, rounded cutouts. Not entirely endless, then, but still a nice trick ̵
Announcing a concept device entirely through renderings does not completely affect the display of it in person, as was common before COVID. A Xiaomi representative tells The Verge that this phone actually exists and that they have used it themselves, for what is worthwhile. The screen is the result of “countless breakthroughs in glass bending and lamination technology,” according to Xiaomi, and “represents the sum of 46 groundbreaking patents.”
This concept phone follows last week’s announcement of seemingly outlandish Xiaomi technology, its “wireless charging system” Mi Air Charge. And back in 2019, the Xiaomi Mi Mix revealed the Alpha phone, which featured a screen that was wrapped around almost the entire device, even though it was eventually never sold. This latest concept may not make it a commercially available device.
Xiaomi will announce global availability for its significantly more conventional Mi 11 flagship phone at an event next Monday, February 8th.