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A new Xiaomi patent may take the main-camera selfie trend to a whole new level

The Xiaomi 'swivel-cam' phone. (Source: CNIPA via LetsGoDigital)
The Xiaomi 'swivel-cam' phone. (Source: CNIPA via LetsGoDigital)
Xiaomi has reportedly filed a patent for a wholly new kind of phone design with the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA). This property allows for the top part of its screen to swivel all the way around so that its main cameras can point in either direction. Accordingly, its display is divided along the line of this novel moving part.
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The last few years have seen a range of innovative contrivances that deploy a smartphone's selfie functions without interrupting its display's edge-to-edge effect. However, a new approach to this problem apparently patented by Xiaomi goes beyond these beyonds. It essentially consists of a phone split into 2 parts, 1 of which can turn through 180 degrees relative to the other.

This part of the phone houses (surprise, surprise) its main cameras. Therefore, a user could twist this portion around to face them in order to take a selfie. Otherwise, the device as depicted in this new IP - approved by CNIPA on April 24, 2020 - looks fairly standard. It does have 1 more button than usual on one side, which may also be related to the use of this unique camera module.

This new concept is intriguing, although it may be as subject to potential mechanical failure as any other found in recent, real-world phones. However, its actual implementation may soon be rendered unnecessary on the advent of the under-display camera that may become a desirable spec in the phones of the future.

Further images from the new patent. (Source: CNIPA via LetsGoDigital)
Further images from the new patent. (Source: CNIPA via LetsGoDigital)

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Deirdre O'Donnell
Deirdre O'Donnell - Senior Tech Writer - 3858 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-04-25 (Update: 2020-04-26)