Chinese rising tech company Xiaomi has successfully gotten a patent for a smartphone with an under-screen flip camera that can serve the dual purpose of the primary camera and a selfie camera. The flip technology to be used in the phone’s camera setup will enable the camera to rotate 180 degrees and serve as both a selfie cam and a rear-facing camera.
Xiaomi has carved a niche for itself with its array of mid-range and high-end smartphones. The company continues to pursue active research and development within the smartphone segment of the tech industry. It recently displayed a concept phone featuring a curved display and an under-display camera. Xiaomi is not the only company working on innovative curved displays and under-screen camera technology. However, the company is making giant strides in the development of a rotating under-display camera module, as indicated by a new patent granted it by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
According to WIPO documents spotted by LetsGoDigital, the patent application was filed in February 2020, for a “Terminal device,” which features an under-display camera. There are indications that Xiaomi may unveil the first of such devices within the year. The flip camera module is placed at the back of the device and is just a part of an elaborate system of lenses that would provide excellent quality visuals. The triple camera setup has a rotatable top lens. Extensive details were provided in the documentation document and showed that a magnetic drive module may be deployed for the operation of the under-display, internally rotated camera.
The patent documentation also revealed that the front-facing camera is activated internally with the rotating rear camera. The display is adjusted to fit in with the activated camera module and provide an equally powerful shot. The patent documentation reveals several other minute details, and we await the unveiling of the first Xiaomi smartphone that would feature the under-display rotatable camera setup.
There are indications that the first Xiaomi smartphone to have an under-display camera that can be rotated to serve as a selfie camera will be the Mi Mix 4. However, there are no definitive details concerning these developments, and we keep our fingers crossed.