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    Xiaomi patent for making a smartphone with a rotating camera inside the display
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    Tags:  Intellectual-Property  -  Patent  -  WIPO  -  Selfie-Camera  -  Xiaomi

    Xiaomi is still on the move. This Chinese company knows very well how to offer its cheap and expensive phones. For example, the flagship Mi 11 Ultra or the Mi Mix Fold clamshell smartphone clearly demonstrate Xiaomi's high capability. It was early in 2021 that Xiaomi unveiled a 4-edge curved concept smartphone with a front-facing camera embedded in the display. By that account, Xiaomi is one of the brands working on the in-screen camera, and according to a recent patent on the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) website, Xiaomi is looking to install a dual-purpose camera inside the screen.

    https://mobiletony.com Xiaomi patent for making a smartphone with a rotating camera inside the display

    request this patent It was filed with WIPO in February 2020, and the 32-page patent was eventually filed with Xiaomi on April 29, 2021. Inserting a selfie camera inside the display is not a new concept and has even been commercialized by ZTE - with the release of the ZTE Axon 20. But what sets Xiaomi apart from other similar cases is that the camera inside the display is not just for taking selfies, it will also act as one of the rear cameras.

    The smartphone pictured in this patent has 3 cameras on the back (something similar to the design of the iPhone 12 Pro). The interesting thing is that one of these cameras, thanks to the presence of an engine or a magnet, can rotate 180 degrees towards the screen. Thus, the camera, which was previously a member of the rear camera series, now plays the role of a selfie camera inside the screen. Apparently, it is more likely to use a magnet mechanism to rotate the camera, because implementing this mechanism will be less expensive and more durable (there is a possibility of engine failure, but the magnet always works). The patent does not state that the rotating camera - which Xiaomi calls a flip camera - is supposed to be the main camera or the Ultraviolet camera, but in either case, it seems like a practical idea.

    According to the text of this patent, part of the screen is made so that light can pass through it and reach the camera lens. It's not clear what the size of this transparent part is, but ZTE has shown in the construction of the Axon 20 that if done correctly, the transparent area of ​​the display is not very visible and can hardly be distinguished from other parts. Regardless of the size of the transparent area, this type of design allows Xiaomi to be able to produce a smartphone with a full-screen display without the need for a dedicated camera inside the display. Another positive point is that in this type of design, Xiaomi can use a more powerful camera.

    https://mobiletony.com Xiaomi patent for making a smartphone with a rotating camera inside the display

    Finally, The patent discusses a laser autofocus system that Xiaomi claims can perform focusing with high accuracy and speed, even in low light conditions. Of course, Xiaomi has implemented such an autofocus system in its devices in the past (like the one we saw in the Mi 9). According to Xiaomi, there is no limit to the display in this design, and any type of display - including OLED, LCD and even CRT - can be used.

    Now, the question is, what are the benefits of using a rotating camera inside the monitor? In the first place, it should be said that this camera does not come in contact with dust, and this can be a big advantage over pop-up cameras. Another benefit of using this rotating camera is that you can save on the number of cameras used. And finally - what is most certain - with this rotating camera, you will no longer need to install a separate selfie camera.

    It's true that this patent is just an idea and may never work, but this is not Xiaomi's only attempt at an in-camera camera. Last year, Xiaomi filed a patent to design a smartphone with an in-screen selfie camera, and the Chinese company has confirmed that it will launch its first handsets with this technology in 2021. According to some experts, the Mi Mix 4 may be the first smartphone that Xiaomi uses to build a selfie camera inside the display. Some rumors suggest that the next generation of Xiaomi clamshell smartphones will be equipped with this technology.

    Of course, Xiaomi is not alone in this. Reports indicate that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 clamshell smartphone - which will probably be introduced this summer - will be equipped with an in-screen selfie camera. In addition, other top brands - including Oppo, Vivo and Huawei - are expected to launch their first handsets with this technology this year. ZTE - which has been leading the way with the Axon 20 - also plans to launch another new model with an in-screen selfie camera this year. Of course, if Xiaomi can implement the idea in the recent patent and produce a smartphone with that rotating camera (called a flip camera), that smartphone will be a head and shoulders above all the devices mentioned.

    Source: Lets Go Digital





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