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Xiaomi patent shows us the future of smartphones with movable cameras

Xiaomi has patented movable smartphone camera lenses, because why not? (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
Xiaomi has patented movable smartphone camera lenses, because why not? (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
The Mi 10 Ultra may be the smartphone to beat when it comes to cameras, but Xiaomi has thought up another weird and wonderful way to improve smartphone camera tech as we know it. This time, the company has developed movable camera lenses, which supposedly would improve the quality of ultra-wide-angle shots and digital zoom when recording videos.

Xiaomi continues to push what may be possible within the conventional smartphone form factor. Previously, the company has patented a device with a detachable display, one with a single 108 MP super camera and even one with built-in wireless earbuds to name a few. Now, LetsGoDigital has uncovered a Xiaomi patent for a device with movable cameras.

The patent looks mundane compared to recent ones filed by the company. The back of the device, which has been transformed into a render by LetsGoDigital, resembles an LG V30 save for the lack of a fingerprint sensor. However, the two lenses can tilt, which could reduce distortions created when taking ultra-wide-angle shots.

The benefits of movable camera lenses apparently extend to videography, too. Apparently, the lenses could be utilised to create smoother digital zoom, which would be handy. Xiaomi has patented a vertical arrangement for the lenses, also. This design may well never make it to market, but it does offer a glimpse at some of the ideas that Xiaomi is toying with for its future smartphones. For now, we must make do with the excellent camera capabilities of the Mi 10 Ultra instead, which currently sits atop of DxOMark, although probably not for long.

(Image source: LetsGoDigital)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-08-24 (Update: 2020-08-24)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.