Xiaomi patents a Smartphone with built-in Wireless Earbuds. Xiaomi has never been ashamed of its bold smartphone designs, but its latest concept may be a bridge far away for some. The Chinese manufacturer is said to have patented a smartphone that contains wireless earrings.
Inspired by two patents filed in China and the Netherlands, the Dutch publication LetsGoDigital designs the renders of the device and imagines how interesting it will be.
According to the patents, the earrings on the top of the phone turn into rods. Earbuds ‘heads can be pointed upwards when stored, but also at right angles to fit users’ ears when in use. This design suggests that these earphones will double as speakers for the smartphone, but it also raises questions about cleanliness. It is not clear how many unhygienic earplugs will be exposed to your hands, pockets, and the outside world and then placed in your ears.
Xiaomi patents a Smartphone
Siomi’s design may actually face other roadblocks as well. It is unclear whether Shiami will have to match its smartphone with a larger battery and additional components. This can negatively affect the room available for other components. We have seen companies inadvertently remove the 3.5mm headphone port that is supposed to accommodate larger batteries (for other reasons). How do two ear-sized holes affect this?
There are obvious benefits, especially for people who forget. If you roll up the earbuds to the smartphone, you’ll forget about it at home (not to mention the phone). It also means you have a minimal item to carry in your bag or pocket.
Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person. Wireless earrings are very bulky in design, so a device must be designed around them to function effectively. It also suggests that it requires a smartphone that is thicker than the current trend.
Nevertheless, Xiaomi’s patent is a breath of fresh air in a smartphone industry. We rarely see this kind of design march anything other than marketing tools. But unlike the all-screen trick of the spectacular Mi Mix Alpha, this design has advantages worth exploring.