Xiaomi has introduced a collapsible smartphone prototype this year but its release is still pending. However, the manufacturer is already looking to the future and prepares its models of future generations with different patents that lay the foundation for their design. The most interesting of all has just surfaced and is on a collapsible smartphone with 5 photo sensors stored in a pop-up module.
The five photo sensors of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 impress by their number but the real appeal of this smartphone resides in its main sensor of 108 MP which is not only a marketing argument to believe DxOMark which puts the Premium version on the same equal footing as the Huawei Mate 30 Pro.Five photo sensors, this is also the number of modules that presents a foldable smartphone that the brand has just patented with CNIPA, China's national intellectual property agency. The five modules are deployed via a pop-up system that has never been seen before on a model of its kind. This has the merit of simplifying the layout of the sensors compared to Samsung's Huawei Mate X or Galaxy Fold.
A design that stands out from today's folding smartphones
The difference is not only in the arrangement of the photo sensors. The collapsible smartphone featured in the patent opens outward. Once unfolded, its size is not uniform across the width. There is indeed a thicker side that includes the chassis of the device when in smartphone mode. In this part will be housed the different components: SoC, battery, motherboard, but also the 5 photo sensors.
The second part consists only of the screen that is able to fold to cover the back of the main block. Similar to Xiaomi's collapsible smartphone prototype this year, the different parts of the screen are outside once the camera is completely folded, raising some apprehension about its ability to withstand falls. Finally, remember that this is only a patent. The device he describes may soon materialize or otherwise never see the light of day.
Source: Android Headlines