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Xiaomi offers up questionable solution for a foldable smartphone that takes great selfies in new design patent

Xiaomi's Mi Mix 3 offered a novel slider approach to the front-facing camera setup. (Image source: Xiaomi)
Xiaomi's Mi Mix 3 offered a novel slider approach to the front-facing camera setup. (Image source: Xiaomi)
Xiaomi seems to have come up with a novel idea for creating a foldable smartphone that could appeal to users who are particularly fond of taking selfies. According to this particular design patent, the Chinese manufacturer has decided that the camera setup part of the device needs to be foldable. This way, a powerful camera system can be used from either side.

Xiaomi has come up with a new method to solve the problem of selfie cameras just not being good enough for demanding selfie lovers. In a new design patent that was recently approved by the National Intellectual Property Administration of China, there is a simple drawing of a Xiaomi smartphone in two different forms (see below for image).

The first form of the potential Xiaomi foldable smartphone is viewed from the rear, judging by the position of the hardware buttons. The top part of the device is folded over towards the back, and it reveals three sensors for the camera setup. In this form, the Xiaomi smartphone could take decent photographs while the user is looking at the main display.

However, the second form of the Xiaomi foldable depicts the device in its fully unfolded state from the front. Clearly, it is quite a lengthy device, and the foldable section is now firmly in place at the top edge, with the same three lenses on show. Presuming Xiaomi would fit such a smartphone with a powerful camera system, this would be a bit of a game-changer for selfie fans. The folding mechanism itself could be questionable as a potentially easily damaged moving part, and the giant size of the Xiaomi device is an eyebrow raiser, but not all patents make it past the initial concept design stage.

Design patent. (Image source: Abacus)
Design patent. (Image source: Abacus)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-03-21 (Update: 2020-03-21)
Daniel R Deakin
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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.