Xiaomi has been trying to fix up the front camera issue for years to offer a full-screen experience. The company earlier has put a camera at the bottom corner on Mi MIX to offer a bezel-less display.
Three years down the lane, the company has now filed for another such patent.
The recent Xiaomi patent shows a dual front camera system inside a notch, down at the bottom.
Different companies have already tested bottom front cameras, and Xiaomi’s current patent has a similar layout of a bottom-placed dual front camera.
Let’s dig in a little and find out what’s interesting about Xiaomi’s latest bottom dual front camera patent.
Bezel-Less Display Experience: Achieving The Maximum Possible Screen Space
To begin with, the patent hints at two different possibilities of how the front camera can be used. The bottom dual front camera layout can be utilized by the company in two ways to offer a bezel-less experience.
Smartphone companies continue to innovate with their displays to achieve maximum screen space.
The Xiaomi Mi MIX series has always been about innovation. From bottom selfie cameras to side notches to motorized sliders, the company has been able to put up something new every time to achieve the maximum possible screen space.
Xiaomi’s Bottom Dual Front Camera Patent Has Two Implementations
Coming back to the two possibilities of the patent, the first one shows a dual front camera system at the bottom of the display. This is within a notch. It’s a full-screen display with the dual front cameras at the bottom within the notch.
The second one shows two front cameras at the bottom but on the two edges of the display.
The company is yet to put out a prototype, so both are expected to be at a developmental stage.
Better Than Punch-Hole & Pop Selfie Cameras?
Companies like Samsung, Huawei, and Vivo have been taking help of in-display cameras and motorized pop-up machines to fit their front cameras. While the holes look like spots on displays, the pop-up selfie cameras are motorized, hence are prone to less durability.
Notches are a ready solution, but may users do not prefer a box or circle on top of their display.
Whereas, a front camera at the bottom may minimize the distinctness.
As humans, we have the tendency to read or see things from top to bottom. So, when you use the smartphone, the cameras will get guarded by your hand while holding it without no hole or notch on top.
Still, on the downside, users will always have to hold their smartphone upside down to either click a selfie or make a video call.
Stereoscopic 3D Image Creation
According to the patent, Xiaomi is planning to use the lenses as a multi-camera setup. The sensors were placed at a distance will help the smartphone to capture and create stereoscopic 3D images.
While the patent does not feature any such detail, it’s still speculation.
At the back, everything remains the same. The patent has a dual rear camera system without any fingerprint sensor.
New Xiaomi Patent: The Notch Stays
Interestingly, the patent does not eliminate the possibility of a notch. So whether it’s stacked together at the bottom, or placed on the corners, it will come within notches. Xiaomi simply attempts to just move the notch.
The patent could either a part of the Mi, Redmi or Poco lineup.
The odd camera placement in the Xiaomi patent just aims to offer a better viewing experience, than completely getting rid of the notch.
There are thousands of patents filed every year by smartphone companies, but only a few make it to the final stage. Similarly, the Xiaomi patent doesn’t guarantee a smartphone as of yet.
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