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Xiaomi foldable smartphone patent packs a pop-up selfie camera to allow for a full-screen tablet display

Xiaomi used pop-up cameras in the Poco F2 Pro and Mi 9T Pro/Redmi K20 Pro. (Image source: Xiaomi/GSMArena - edited)
Xiaomi used pop-up cameras in the Poco F2 Pro and Mi 9T Pro/Redmi K20 Pro. (Image source: Xiaomi/GSMArena - edited)
A new Xiaomi smartphone patent has been shared depicting a foldable device that utilizes a pop-up solution for the front-facing camera. This allows for a full-screen tablet mode that is left unblemished by the presence of a selfie camera. It has often been rumored that Xiaomi could introduce a foldable smartphone into the innovative Mi Mix range.

Another month, another Xiaomi smartphone patent. LetsGoDigital has highlighted the latest patent production from the popular Chinese company that portrays a design for a foldable smartphone. While there have already been patents revealed in regard to a potential Xiaomi foldable device, this new effort offers a typically Xiaomi-like solution for the selfie camera: A pop-up mechanism.

A similar foldable smartphone patent appeared in October but that particular Xiaomi device utilized a slider for the front-facing camera. This time around, a pop-up camera mechanism has been chosen as the preferred solution, something that Xiaomi has used on smartphones like the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (Redmi K20 Pro) and the Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro. The dual-lens pop-up camera in the patent is stored in the rear part of the case, so that it faces forward in both smartphone (folded) and tablet (unfolded) modes.

It’s only a matter of time before Xiaomi joins the commercial foldable smartphone sector with a mass-produced device of its own, with a likely launch for a folding phone occurring in 2021. Whether the Xiaomi foldable smartphone joins the well-regarded Mi Mix lineup or is branded under a whole new series name to take on rivals like the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X ranges remains a mystery.

Foldable smartphone. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
Foldable smartphone. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
Pop-up camera. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
Pop-up camera. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)

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LetsGoDigital (in Dutch)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-11-23 (Update: 2020-11-23)
Daniel R Deakin
Daniel R Deakin - Managing Editor News
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.