Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is reportedly working on a new flagship smartphone and the company's new design patent was published in the Global Design Database of the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO).
The patent by Xiaomi was first spotted by LetsGoDigital and can be accessed at the IP body's website here. It was published on February 5 and gives us an idea about how Xiaomi's next flagship device might look like.
The Xiaomi device looks similar to the Samsung Galaxy S series devices with slightly curved edges. The patent hints at an edge-to-edge display smartphone with rounded corners on all four sides and a dual camera setup at the back.
As the phone features an edge-to-edge display, it will likely feature an in-display selfie camera along with an in-display fingerprint sensor or we may see another slider phone from Xiaomi like the Mi Mix 3, allowing users to slide the device to enable the selfie camera.
The device features an USB Type-C port and apart from this, there are no other ports on the device, meaning that users will miss out on the 3.5mm audio jack. The company's Mi Mix 3 was also launched without a 3.5mm audio jack.
Xiaomi is not the only smartphone maker that is working on an edge-to-edge device without buttons. Earlier this year, Meizu had introduced the Meizu Zero without any ports or buttons, even removing the USB Type-C port. Along with this futuristic phone, Xiaomi is also working on a foldable phone like the Samsung Galaxy F foldable phone.
Xiaomi is expected to reveal more about these two smartphones at the upcoming MWX 2019, however, the company might not have a working prototype at the event. We also expect to see the Mi Mix 3 5G varaint in Barcelona later this month.