Xiaomi, as it is known, has not yet released a folding smartphone, but it has shown us some of its ideas, though some teaser videos that it published in the past. The company has so far patented several folders for various folding Smartphones, and today unveiled a new diploma approved by CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Administration), which reveals a device that has a unique camera layout, which apparently is specifically designed for folding smartphones.
Most patents feature mostly the hinge or folding mechanism, but this new Xiaomi patent focuses more on the use of camera sensors. This new device will have two rear cameras and a front selfie camera.
As shown in the drawings, Xiaomi adds a strange notch to the top left corner of the screen. Also, the front selfie camera is located just below this notch on the screen. Xiaomi will most likely use a selfie camera that will be placed under a hole or under the screen of the device on the front. In June 2019, the company also introduced under-screen camera technology ( Under-Display Camera ) using a modified version of the Mi 9.
In this new patent, we note that when the device screen is folded, the front camera can be used simultaneously with both rear cameras. The Huawei Mate X can do the same, and it looks like Xiaomi will also be able to use all three sensors in this device to take a selfie. Once the screen is open, only one camera sensor can be used for selfies or video calls.
As with most of the patents that Xiaomi has filed from time to time, there is a good chance that the company will never release a smartphone using this patent. We have already seen some similar implementations in the so-called “candy bar” smartphones in the past.
Recent leaks have also shown that Xiaomi is also working on a smartphone with a clamshell-type folding capability, which is quite similar to the Galaxy Z Flip. According to newer information, the company has submitted new orders to Samsung and LG for a flexible display, but also a special flexible UTG glass, and it seems that although there is no official confirmation, Xiaomi is preparing for the release of the first foldable smartphone, somewhere between the last quarter of this year or the beginning of 2021.
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