Smartphone innovation comes from Asia, not the US

The smartphone market has seen more and more new designs over the past five years (frankly, all smartphones look the same), but many were showcased at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC). Innovative designs – Most of the ideas come from Asia, mostly from China, with no new designs from the US.

The smartphone market has seen more and more new designs over the past five years (frankly, all smartphones look the same), but many were showcased at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC). Innovative designs – Most of the ideas come from Asia, mostly from China, with no new designs from the US.

・ Xiaomi MI MIX 3 – Xiaomi has always been the leader in bezel-less phone design, and this model is no exception. The sliding mechanism wakes up the front-facing selfie camera so that the screen remains uninterrupted.

・VIVO NEX Dual Screen – Vivo’s answer to the bezel-less phone is to place the selfie camera’s viewfinder on another screen on the back of the phone.

・OPPO FIND X – Oppo’s unique sliding design that enables face scanning and wakes up the selfie camera is by far one of the most innovative ways to realize the dream of a full-screen phone.

・HUAWEI Mate X and SAMSUNG GALAXY FOLD — At this year’s MWC, both Huawei and Samsung showed off possible folding phones for the first time, although Huawei’s folding design looks more interesting than Samsung’s. But the price is very high, and the availability time is unclear. Both phones were placed in glass cases and were not offered to MWC visitors to try them out. Last week, Samsung’s foldable phone was finally made available to editors in the U.S., and multiple editors have written about screen reliability.

It’s clear that phone manufacturers understand consumer preferences and look for more usable screen real estate without sacrificing overall X/Y phone size. Perhaps the most practical and useful design to demonstrate this trend is the LG V50 THINQ 5G.

・LG V50 THINQ 5G – LG designed an ultra-thin secondary screen that fits into a foldable phone case, two separate screens for true multitasking: video feed from primary screen to secondary screen via Keyssa The company’s unique contactless wireless connector makes the connection.

Tony Fadell, Apple’s iPod inventor, iPhone co-inventor, Nest founder and Future Shape head, had the following introduction when talking about the LG V50 ThinQ 5G phone powered by Keyssa:

“The LG V50 ThinQ 5G smartphone with Keyssa technology provides consumers with truly practical dual-screen capabilities. It’s an impressive design by simply adding a second wireless connector connected by Keyssa’s point-to-point wireless connector A screen accessory that expands the usable screen area of ​​a smartphone. Folding phones are not practical because they are easily scratched, too large to fit in a pocket, expensive, and unproven for everyday use. LG has figured out the best way to bring a reliable dual-screen phone to the mass market.

By using Keyssa’s contactless connector technology, LG has achieved a second screen where existing connection technologies such as mechanical connectors and pogo pins could not meet its requirements, proving the usability of Keyssa technology in new product concepts, which are particularly For devices that support high bandwidth accessories to easily connect to smartphones.

Obviously, this isn’t the first smartphone design to use this contactless wireless connection. An earlier design came from a U.S. company called Essential Products (founded by Android founder Andy Rubin), which once launched a phone in the U.S. that used similar technology to connect to a camera accessory. Keyssa filed a lawsuit against Essential, claiming that the company’s implementation of direct-attach wireless connectivity violated Keyssa’s trade secrets. Essential filed a motion to dismiss, but the recent judgment upheld all of Keyssa’s claims.

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