Notebookcheck Logo
, , , , , ,
search relation.
, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
 

A year-old Xiaomi smartphone patent may shed light on the upcoming Xiaomi 12 series

Xiaomi's patented design is more curved than any of its recent flagship smartphones, Mi 11 included. (Image source: @UniverseIce)
Xiaomi's patented design is more curved than any of its recent flagship smartphones, Mi 11 included. (Image source: @UniverseIce)
The World Intellectual Property Office has published a year-old patent submitted by Xiaomi. Seemingly, the design is of a flagship smartphone, with highly rounded corners, a curved display and large camera sensors. The Xiaomi 12 series is believed to be launching later this year.

Xiaomi is expected to launch the 12 series later this year, having introduced the 11T and 11T Pro last month. Thought to be arriving in December, the Xiaomi 12 series will likely include a regular model, a Pro edition and an Ultra.

Currently, leaks about the Xiaomi 12 series remain thin on the ground, but LetsGoDigital has discovered a patent of what looks like a flagship smartphone. According to the filing, Xiaomi filed it in September 2020 with the Hague International Design System (HIDS), an arm of the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO).

While Xiaomi submitted its patent in September 2020, HIDS published its documentation on October 15, 2021. As @UniverseIce has imagined with their render, embedded above, the unnamed smartphone has thin bezels on all sides, although not uniformly shaped. The display also has an aggressive curve to it, mirroring the Mi 11. The placement of the punch-hole front-facing camera reminds us of the Mi 11, too.

However, Xiaomi has patented a huge camera housing, departing from the Mi 11. Based on the images below, it seems likely that the apertures are, from bottom to top: an LED flash, a periscope camera, an ultra-wide-angle sensor and a high MP primary camera.

Unfortunately, it is unclear if this is the Xiaomi 12, 12 Pro or 12 Ultra's proposed design. If Xiaomi does release the 12 series before the end of the year, expect renders and hands-on imagery to leak within the next four to six weeks.

(Image source: WIPO via LetsGoDigital)

Source(s)

LetsGoDigital (1) (2) & @UniverseIce

static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - Senior Tech Writer - 5766 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.
contact me via: @aldersonaj
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2021 10 > A year-old Xiaomi smartphone patent may shed light on the upcoming Xiaomi 12 series
Alex Alderson, 2021-10-18 (Update: 2021-10-18)