Last Wednesday, Xiaomi announced the Mi CC9 Pro, which has five rear cameras, one of them 108 MP. Now the company is working on a very different folding smartphone that has a retractable camera module with no fewer than five image sensors.
The device has been registered with the China Patent Office and features a half-screen mobile phone similar to Huawei’s flexible display smartphone. In the images shared by “TigerMobiles”, you can see that the five cameras are in a retractable module on top of the device.
The device has been registered with the China Patent Office and features a half-screen mobile phone similar to Huawei’s flexible display smartphone. In the images leaked on the internet you can see that the five cameras are in a retractable module on the top of the device. The company has not yet officially commented on the patent, as it is just a registration.
Another point that is striking is that it can only be folded to one side. This makes the display cover the entire body of the device. Now when it comes to the five cameras, it is interesting to note that they are in a retractable mechanism.
Also, as the screen covers the entire body of the smartphone, it is very likely that the five sensors will also be used as a front camera. For now, Xiaomi does not comment on information involving its patents.
Therefore, we must warn that everything must still be considered to be another rumor. That’s because there are cases where companies create patents just to protect an idea, which causes many projects to be shelved.
Last week, Xiaomi made the Mi CC9 Pro, a smartphone that delivers five cameras at the rear, one of them 108MP. Now a new company patent has been filed showing a very different folding device that features a five-camera retractable mechanism.
The document suggests that the device has an outward folding display, and depending on the position in the user’s hands, the cameras can be used on either the rear or the front. Apparently the smartphone is thicker than usual, possibly to be able to house so many sensors, the battery and other important components.
It is worth remembering that, although Xiaomi has registered this patent at least strange, it is not significant that the company really intends to launch such a product on the market. In fact, certification only suggests that the Chinese brand looks into this possibility to the point of filing a patent that may (or may not) be used in the future.
So far, Xiaomi has not introduced its first folding smartphone. The closest we got to that was the Mi Mix Alpha made official in September, which brought a flexible display that wraps around the entire device. There is no start date yet, but when that happens, few units should be made available to the public.