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Xiaomi takes under-display camera technology a step further in unearthed patent by placing a lens on a flip module for front and rear-facing photography

The punch-hole cutout for a front-facing smartphone camera should soon be a thing of the past. (Image source: Xiaomi - edited)
The punch-hole cutout for a front-facing smartphone camera should soon be a thing of the past. (Image source: Xiaomi - edited)
A patent for a Xiaomi innovation in regard to under-display camera technology has been shared online. While it is widely expected that Xiaomi will soon offer smartphones with at least a concealable under-screen selfie camera, this patent shows that the Chinese OEM is looking further ahead at what else can be achieved from this burgeoning camera trend.
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LetsGoDigital has discovered yet another Xiaomi-related patent, and it seems this particular innovation may already be under development. The files contain the usual technical drawings but there are also some 3D renders of the flip module at the heart of this particular patent, giving the implication that Xiaomi might already be further along with this project. It’s all about creating a smartphone that has an under-display camera that can be used as a hidden selfie snapper and also makes up part of the rear-facing main camera arrangement thanks to a rotating internal part.

In this manner, the owner of such a Xiaomi smartphone would not only benefit from a true full-screen front-facing display unblemished by punch-holes but would also be able to utilize the same lens as an addition to the main camera system. The patent abstract, which is fortunately reproduced in English, states that a “flip module” is “configured to change the orientation of the first lens”, so it can face either the front or the rear of the potential Xiaomi device.

The designers at LetsGoDigital have made the mechanism easier to imagine by enhancing the patent’s line drawings. So in this case, the top lens (marked as component “103” in the patent) is shown in orange (see image below) in the renders. In this sense, the Xiaomi smartphone could be classed as having an under-display flip camera. The flip module itself might take up too much room in the device’s internal space, but it could be refined in such a way to possibly include multiple lenses or even the whole rear camera system, which certainly would be a unique selling point for a demanding smartphone buyer.

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Xiaomi under-display flip camera. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
Xiaomi under-display flip camera
3D renders and line drawing. (Image source: via LetsGoDigital)
3D renders and line drawing
Xiaomi under-display flip camera. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
Xiaomi under-display flip camera. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
 

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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.
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Daniel R Deakin, 2021-05-10 (Update: 2021-06-21)