Xiaomi will make holes in smartphones for storing and charging wireless headphones
Xiaomi has developed a new smartphone design that allows wireless earbuds to be stored and charged at the top of the case.
The Chinese manufacturer has laid out its concept in two separate patent applications, for a mobile phone and a headset, respectively. According to the description, the idea is to add two longitudinal holes in the body of the smartphone, designed specifically for a new type of wireless headphones.
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In order to almost completely fit into the phone, their body will be in the form of a cylindrical rod with a wider swiveling speaker head. Their upper part will protrude slightly so that the user can get the accessory without any problems. Once inside, the smartphone will charge the headphones and act as speakers that can be pulled out and deployed.
Although the patent does not provide detailed information on the functionality, it is likely that the headphones will be connected via Bluetooth and have built-in noise cancellation.
So far, the idea is outlined only in a patent application and it is unclear if Xiaomi will release such a model at all, since this will require moving some internal elements or changing their structure. In addition, during long-term operation, users may encounter the problem of clogged holes.
However, a smartphone with holes for headphones is far from the only non-standard development of the Chinese manufacturer. Last month, the company introduced a computer mouse with a voice assistant, and in September 2019 announced the Mi Mix Alpha smartphone, the screen of which occupies 90.3% of the entire body.