• - Huawei patent application for curved display called Arc Display

    Huawei patent application for curved display called Arc Display
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    Curved screens have become almost a staple of Huawei high-end handsets. Of course, on Huawei devices, the curved screen is more aesthetically pleasing than practical. But Huawei's new patent application shows that the Chinese company is probably looking to change the design of a curved display from an aesthetic element to an efficient component. In this patent application, Huawei describes a smartphone whose curved display has a much greater curvature, to the extent that it covers all the right and left edges, but also covers part of the back of the device. Huawei has chosen the name Arc Display for this type of design. Huawei patent application for curved display called Arc Display

    The issue of making a smartphone with or without a curved display is one of the topics that has been widely discussed and sometimes contradictory. There is no doubt that having a curved screen can double the beauty and elegance of a smartphone. On the other hand, the difficulty of working with curved screens is inevitable because curved screens usually do not respond well to touch at the edges. Another downside is the high cost of producing curved displays, which discourages the manufacturer from making such devices. Like Samsung, which these days has reduced the production of phones with curved screens compared to the past.

    Huawei has launched the Mate 30 Pro and Mate 40 Pro smartphones in the last two years. The two products were equipped with curved displays called edge-to-edge with an angle of curvature of 88 degrees. But in a new patent application from Huawei - recently spotted by LetsGoDigital - the company plans to open a new window of innovation and creativity in curved display design to the industry by describing the advanced design of these displays.

    As mentioned in the introduction, the curved display described in this patent application (called the Arc Display) is very curved and extends to the back of the device in addition to the edges. According to the images published with this patent application, the thickness of the device at the edges has been reduced by half, and this gives a special beauty to the phone. But in addition to beauty, Huawei has envisaged other applications for this type of design. Huawei patent application for curved display called Arc Display

    Since the display covers all the edges of the device, it is possible to place touch controls (including virtual volume buttons) on the edges. Virtual trigger buttons can also be placed on the edge of the device, and the gamer can use them while playing the phone horizontally during the game. This feature can be considered an alternative to the shoulder buttons on devices such as the Nintendo Switch and Valve Steam Deck. Another obvious application of this type of display is the display of notifications on the edge of the phone.

    Another interesting point mentioned in the recent patent application is that the edges of the device discussed in this design of the system Utilizes a pressure-sensitive touch; Something like the 3D Touch feature on older Apple iPhones. In other words, the type of functions will vary depending on the degree of pressure applied to the edge of the phone. It should be noted that virtual touch buttons are superior to physical buttons, because unlike physical buttons, which are mostly limited to one function, virtual buttons can display a variety of functions depending on the type of application running. Huawei patent application for curved display called Arc Display

    In addition to all the advantages of Huawei's new idea, it is worth mentioning its disadvantages. Given that holding a phone inevitably requires the fingers to touch the edges, the scenario of accidentally touching virtual menus and buttons will not be unexpected. For this reason, if Huawei wants to produce this phone, it must prevent this from happening by using the "smart touch" feature. Also, since the display also plays the role of buttons in this phone, dropping the phone from the user will be a nightmare.

    Finally, the patent application was first filed by Huawei with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in March 2019, and after a relatively long period, finally on July 15, 2021. (July 24, 1400) Published on the USPTO website. Needless to say, Huawei was not the first company to come up with such an idea. In this respect, Xiaomi is one step ahead. In late September 2019, the Chinese company unveiled the Mi Mix Alpha smartphone with a wide display around the body (except for the camera strip on the back). In early February of this year, we also saw the introduction of a concept phone from Xiaomi, in which the display, in addition to being curved on both sides, also has curvature at the top and bottom edges; A design commonly known as a "waterfall".

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