Nubia Patent Suggests A Flexible Smartphone Screen With Dual Notch
Nubia last created waves when the company unveiled its wearable smartphone, which has a bendable display. Known as the Nubia Alpha, it has a 4-inch flexible display and can be worn on the wrist similar to a smartwatch. The company has also launched some distinctively powerful gaming smartphones in the past, including the Nubia Red Magic. A recently published patent reveals that the Chinese technology company is also working on a flexible smartphone, which will supposedly have a dual-notch design.
About The Patent
Previously, a smartphone with a bottom notch was patented by Xiaomi. The device had both the front cameras housed in the bottom notch and had a high screen-to-body ratio. However, the design patent granted to Nubia is a bit different. The overall patent consists of two different designs. Both the designs were filed in the month of March 2018 and were published by the Global Design Database of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) on April 12, 2019.
Nubia Flexible Smartphone Design
The design patent contains a total of 16 images, which are quite similar to each other. All of them show different variants of the Nubia flexible smartphone display. The screen depicted in the patent has an elongated design, which may lead to a taller smartphone. Eight of the 16 variants have 2 notch designs: one on the top and the other on the bottom of the display. The first four of the dual-notch designs exhibit a centrally placed notch on both the ends, whereas the other four models have a notch which are placed away from the central axis of the smartphone, albeit symmetrically. The notch designs that are depicted in the pictures have a variety of shapes, including a U-shaped notch, a V-shaped notch, a semicircular notch and a fourth trapezium-shaped notch.
The other eight models also depict a foldable screen, but with a significantly different notch design. Six of the eight designs have a dual-notch design, with both the notch designs placed next to each other. The designs use a combination of the previously mentioned notch shapes to maximize the screen-to-body ratio. Out of the sixteen models, only two have a single notch which can house a single front camera.
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Since the ZTE subsidiary has been working on flexible screens for a long time now, a Nubia flexible smartphone featuring the dual notch design might make its way into the market in the not-so-distant future. Moreover, the futuristic design may push Nubia towards the big leagues, where it can compete with the likes of other foldable smartphone brands such as Samsung and Huawei.