Over the last few years, we saw smartphone manufacturers adopt various approaches to get rid of the notch, ranging from graceful to practical. Xiaomi has filed for a patent which does that in the most over-the-top way possible — with a display that splits in half and twists backwards.

This weird smartphone design was spotted by 91mobiles at the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA). The sketches show a tall phone with no notch or obtrusions throughout. For instances where the selfie camera is needed, the top portion of the phone, including the display, horizontally twists backwards in a way that the primary array of cameras now face the user. 

This means that the same set of cameras can be used for the front and the back. The contents on the display, along with the interface, are expected to adjust to the new screen size. When flipped, the top section of the display could act as a secondary display on the back.

(Image credit: CNIPA, via 91mobiles)

Moving parts on phones are not a wise option, as they hinder long-term usability of the phone. At a time when manufacturers are rushing to move beyond pop-up cameras, an approach where the entire breadth of the phone rotates is a major durability hazard. 



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