New Xiaomi concept smartphone is port-free and has quad-curved display

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Xiaomi has announced a brand new concept smartphone that takes the ubiquitous curved display and takes it one step further. The 'Quad-Curved Waterfall Display Concept Smartphone' features an 88º curved display on all four edges of the handset, including the top and bottom as well.

Xiaomi had initially teased that it was going to be unveiling something "mind-blowing" on its official Twitter account – and the smartphone company didn't disappoint. 

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A quad-curved display hasn't been seen before in the industry – likely partly due to the fact that smartphones still house at least a charging port. However, Xiaomi's quad-curved display means that the handset is totally portless. The port-free unibody design and the curved waterfall display were achieved by using a total of 46 different "groundbreaking" patents.

Xiaomi's press release states that this new quad-curved waterfall display smartphone is "a revolutionary hyper quad-curved 88º surface is born from countless breakthroughs in glass bending and laminating technology to extend the limits of the display to infinity. A true, port-free design represents the sum of 46 groundbreaking patents, greater than its parts. Say hello to a smartphone form factor you've never seen before."

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While this concept smartphone certainly looks interesting, it remains to be seen whether the product itself, or its port-free quad-curved display technology, will actually come to market. 

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