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Xiaomi Quad-curved Waterfall Display concept has no room for bezels

The war over bezels wages on and we are nowhere near the end yet. Punch-hole cutouts are just a stopgap measure until the ideal under-display camera or UDC has been implemented. That still leaves room for a few more attempts, of course, including designs that answer the next big question, what to do with all that reclaimed space. Xiaomi has just presented one possibility with a screen that bends over all four edges of the phone.

Samsung may be credited for coining “Edge” and “Infinity” terms as applied to curved-edge screens but Huawei may have been the first to call it “Waterfall” due to its steep downward curve. Of course, that term is now being used by many manufacturers but Xiaomi is taking it to the extreme. No, it isn’t about the curvature, though that is also a factor, but more about how many curves there are.

The Quad-curved Waterfall Display Concept Smartphone pretty much says it all. Not counting the corners, the phone supposedly boasts of four steep 88-degree curved edges left, right, top, and bottom. That means there is no space for any bezel, aside from the ones you can’t see near the back of the device where the screen will still have to attach to. There are no buttons or ports on those edges, either, so everything is really on screen or wireless.

What the concept doesn’t really mention is whether there’s still room for a front-facing camera. You definitely can’t have a pop-up camera on the top edge, given there’s a portion of the screen there. The only options would be a punch-hole cutout, which isn’t exactly visible in a single render, or an under-display camera that so far disappointed testers. Since it’s a concept phone, there might not be any pressure to make that perform better than the ZTE Axon 20 5G anyway.

Compared to Vivo’s Apex 2019 Concept that featured a seamless, all-glass body, Xiaomi’s concept phone seems almost modest. Then again, Vivo’s design wasn’t practical, to begin with, and Xiaomi’s concept is almost like a compromise. Whether there are practical benefits to this design is still an open question but, then again, that’s what concept designs are for.

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HONOR View40 launched with waterfall display, 5G, super-fast charging

This week the folks at HONOR revealed the HONOR View40 at a live streamed event in China. This device is the first major release of the year for HONOR, and one of the most extravagant devices released by the brand thus far. The HONOR View40 works with a waterfall cured 7.72-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2676 x 1236 pixels.

The HONOR View40 smartphone’s display is 10-bit (8+2-bit) with OLED tech, delivering over 1 billion colors directly into your face. This device’s display works with a 120Hz image refresh rate with up to 300Hz touch response. This panel covers the entirety of the DCI-P3 color space and works with HDR10 support.

Under the hood, this device has a 4000mAh battery with the ability to charge at a great speed, thanks to 66W SuperCharge tech. The battery in this device can charge up to 60 percent capacity in approximately 35 minutes – that’s swift! That’s wired charging – wireless charging is here too, at up to 50W (allowing up to 50 percent total charge in approximately 30 minutes).

The processor inside this machine is a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ (SoC) with GPU Turbo X and Hunter Boost optimizations – we’ll see what that’s all about when we review the device in the near future. For now, HONOR suggests they’ll bring power to the gaming environment in this machine.

The HONOR View40’s cameras include a 50-megapixel RYYB sensor with 1/1.56-inch sensor with f/1.9 aperture to deliver top-notch main sensor action. This camera array also includes an 8MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.4 aperture and 2MP macro lens with f/2.4 aperture.

This device also has NSA/SA 5G connectivity with a dual-SIM tray for switching. This device also works with an infrared port (for controlling your television) and always-on display. You’ll have NFC, multi-window multi-tasking, and a variety of sensors. Sensors include proximity, ambient light, gravity, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and fingerprint sensor (under-display, optical).

The HONOR View40 will have a release date of January 22 (today!) That’s when it’ll be released in China – no word yet when it’ll be released (or if it’ll be released) elsewhere. This device will have two iterations (at least) with 8GB RAM and either 128GB or 256GB internal storage. Pricing will be RMB 3599 and RMB 3999 for the smaller and larger internal storage size iterations.

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