Vivo has filed a patent for a smartphone with an iPod-like appearance, as well as a new Zen series phone.

Vivo recently submitted two patent applications to the CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Administration).

One of the patents shows a smartphone with an Apple iPod-like appearance, while the other suggests that the business may also release a new Zen series phone.

The smartphone design in the patent looks remarkably similar to the iPod Classic. To put it another way, the device features a physical clickwheel that occupies half of the front panel.

This wheel is located on the lower half, with the display screen occupying the rest of the front side. This is unusual in the market, given that smartphones can execute clickwheel functions without the need of physical buttons.

Vivo has filed a patent for a smartphone with an iPod-like appearance

Additionally, the CNIPA website explicitly states that this device is a mobile phone, indicating that it is not an iPod-like product. This might be a one-of-a-kind device or simply a phone with a highly specialized purpose.

The clickwheel only has four buttons, according to the patented images, and it has a very conventional design with what seems to be a metallic frame.

In the second patent, the Chinese handset manufacturer is said to be working on a new Zen series smartphone. On the back, there’s a circular camera module, and on the front, there’s a punch hole selfie camera.

Vivo has filed a patent for a smartphone with an iPod-like appearance 2

The only distinguishing feature is the Zen logo on the device’s back panel. Because it just looks to have a single camera on the back, it’s most likely a Zen series budget or entry-level device.

Remember that these are still merely patents, and we have no way of knowing if the company is currently working on them.

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