Chinese manufacturers have trended away from Apple and more towards Samsung in terms of smartphone design. With the Xiaomi Mi 5‘s fit and finish taking more inspiration from the Galaxy S7 and the Vivo Xplay 5 flat-out going S7 edge, the rumor machine has been giving hints to more of these double-curved display devices coming soon.
One Weibo user is reporting that Xiaomi and Huawei are working on such phones with the former’s possibly taking on the “Mi Edge” name and the latter’s likely flowing with “Mate Edge.” Original, right? Here’s the rub: Xiaomi is apparently turning to LG Display for its needs while Huawei is sourcing from Samsung.
While Samsung is a safe choice for flexible OLED displays since it makes so many, we’ve only really seen LG’s P-OLED craft on the G Flex and G Flex 2 — and those phones may have the displays curved the wrong way for Xiaomi’s purposes. The risk aspects make the “Mi Edge” the more interesting product to watch out for.
On other specs, both phones are expected to pack top-of-the-line processors — the Snapdragon 820 for Xiaomi and the Kirin 960 for Huawei — and 4GB of RAM. The price for the “Mi Edge” should be in the ¥3,000-range ($450-600) while the “Mate Edge” will be at least ¥4,000 ($616).
Perhaps consumers may get what they pay for, but these phones have to get real and get public first.