Patent filings are an interesting gateway to see what smartphone manufacturers are experimenting with behind closed doors. The latest one we’ve come across is from Xiaomi and was recently authorized by CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Administration), giving us a new take on the pop-up camera design. The design in question places both the front and back-facing cameras on the same pop-up mechanism.
The patent reveals three distinct varieties of the design starting with two dual-camera setups on the front and back and going all the way to a dual setup on the front and a five sensor array on the back. The actual pop-up mechanism is quite wide and occupies most of the space above the screen. Granted, patents don’t always make it to the production phase but it would definitely be interesting to see how Xioami can cram that many sensors in such a narrow enclosure.
Xiaomi at a glance
Xiaomi is a Chinese electronics company founded by Lei Jun in 2010 and headquartered in Beijing. The company makes and invests in smartphones, mobile apps, laptops, bags, trimmers, earphones, MI Television, shoes, fitness bands, and many other products. Ranked 468th, Xiaomi is the youngest company on Fortune Global 500 List for 2019
Xiaomi released its first smartphone in August 2011 and rapidly gained market share in China to become the country’s largest smartphone company in 2014.
Xiaomi makes and invests in smartphones, mobile apps, laptops, bags, trimmers, earphones, MI Television, shoes, fitness bands, and many other products.