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Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has patented a foldable smartphone with a quad-camera system that rotates forward for selfies and back for regular photos. The patent images show a flexible screen with no notches or cut-outs. The phone folds inwards, protecting the display.
Though the company has patented these designs, it doesn't give us a guarantee that these smartphones have actually taken off from the drawing board onto the assembly lines. If Xiaomi plans to launch a commercially available smartphone with the new design, we can expect a lot more leaks of the device(s).
According to the patent, the primary display is like any other phone with ultra-slim bezels and earpieces up top. While many smartphone companies have used this mechanism in the past, this will be a first for folding phones. The smartphone maker has also put 48 images to showcase the handset.
Notably, the image sensors are slightly raised over the body and the device folds from the middle of the display and not the overall length, allowing the camera system to go over the folded display rather than making space for it. Earlier, Xiaomi had also patented a dual-display smartphone with another quad-rear camera setup. The patent suggests the primary display is like any other phone with ultra-slim bezels and earpiece up top.
The secondary display on the new Xiaomi-patented phone is as small in size as the quad-camera housing on the back. The patent suggests the primary display is like any other phone with ultra-slim bezels and earpiece up top. The secondary display on the new Xiaomi-patented phone is as small in size as the quad-camera housing on the back.