Samsung is preparing a smartphone like the Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha
The smartphone has a slider reminiscent of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. When folded, the cameras are located inside the body. The upper part received a curved waterfall screen, while the display is also located on the back of the smartphone. In this regard, the device resembles the Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha with a wraparound display.
The description of the patent says that the smartphone is made of a transparent “acrylic material”. The smartphone does not have a visible front camera, but it is not needed. If required, the user can switch to the rear display and use it as a viewfinder.
However, there will still be a hidden camera under the screen, which is necessary to find out which display the user is looking at. Other features include a sub-screen fingerprint reader, stereo speakers and other sensors located under the screen.
There are no visible buttons or ports. The patent says that the device can be turned on and unlocked using a piezoelectric sensor. The patent also talks about eSIM and wireless charging.
Samsung becomes US largest smartphone brand after 3 years
The year 2020 will be remembered as one of the toughest years for the smartphone industry. The COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the world and the industry as a whole, especially during the first and second quarters. We saw major drops in sales due to the disruption in manufacture as well as the lockdown restrictions. The customers also opted for spending money on essential goodies rather than smartphones during the first months of 2020.
However, in Q3 2020 we started to see what seems to be a major recovery for the smartphone business. Even companies that have been bleeding for years, like LG, achieved good results. One company in particular is collecting great fruits in 2020 – Samsung. The world’s smartphone leader, during the last quarter, stole Xiaomi’s spot in India; and became the 1st smartphone brand in the market. Now, Samsung punches Apple and becomes the largest smartphone maker in the United States.
According to the Strategy Analytics report, Samsung finally beat Apple for the first time in three years. We can list several reasons for this achievement; but the lack of new iPhones during Q3 2020 certainly was one of the reasons. The South-Korean giant achieved the first position in the US smartphone market during the three months period that starts in July and ends in September 27th. The company achieved a 33.7% share, while Apple came second with a 30.2%. In the third place, we had LG with a 14.7% market share.