xiaomi arch

Xiaomi has been called out in the past for imitating Apple design, but a new leak suggests the company could be looking to Samsung for some inspiration as well. An alleged curved smartphone called the Xiaomi Arch was spotted by GizmoChina over the weekend, suggesting the Chinese firm may have plans to take on Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge.

Like the Note Edge, the Xiaomi Arch appears to use its extra screen space to display incoming notifications, menu shortcuts and other info. But unlike Samsung's device, this rumored smartphone features two curved edges instead of just one, giving the device a unique look. Rumor has it the upcoming Galaxy S6 could offer two curved edges as well. So this could be Xiaomi's pre-emptive response.

Of course, there's no guarantee the Xiaomi Arch is a real device or will ever see the light of day. Even GizmoChina seems to doubt the authenticity of its image, though it's certainly possible something like this could launch in the future.

The real question is whether Xiaomi can offer a curved smartphone that still comes at a budget-friendly price. Once the company cracks that problem, the Arch might become a reality. Until then, it seems pretty unlikely.