In a patent, Xiaomi imagines a smartphone with a camera integrated into a pop-up system with five sensors on the back and two sensors on the front.
The pop-up camera system allows you to integrate a front camera on a smartphone without having to sacrifice part of the display area with a punch or a notch. In a patent granted in China by the National Administration of Intellectual Property (CNIPA), Xiaomi imagines taking over this motorized system to exploit it both on selfies and on traditional shots.
The document, spotted by Shot Bytes , indeed shows a smartphone with a fairly large rectangular pop-up module with two sensors at the front and five at the rear.
Recall that Xiaomi already markets a smartphone with five rear photosensors: the Mi Note 10.
Since this is only a patent, the diagrams that can be seen there are not intended to take into account the technical constraints to which such integration would be subject. Now we imagine that a total of seven sensors would require a greater thickness to fit in the same module.
The patent shows other versions with fewer rear sensors. This proves that it is only a concept with no evidence pointing to possible marketing of a finished product. Recently, another Xiaomi patent was talked about, but it concerned a roll-up screen design.