Xiaomi has recently been granted patents for new smartphone models that feature large camera modules on the rear. This might imply that the company might be aiming on launching new devices with an emphasis on mobile photography.
According to a LetsGoDigital report, the Chinese tech giant filed for a design patent back in March 2021 with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO). This patent got published earlier this month and showcased three smartphone models with large image sensors on the rear. The patent carried the title ‘Mobile phone, back cover for mobile phone’ and arrived with various design sketches that offers us a look at the rear design of these handsets.
Looking at these images, the company seems to be inspired by the Samsung Galaxy S21 series, with one of the patented design showcasing a similar camera module placement on the rear. The sensors are vertically stacked on the top left corner of the back panel. This model sports four image sensors, which includes what appears to be a periscopic zoom lens. The primary camera is the largest and is placed on the top followed by two unknown sensor below it.
Similarly, the second model sports a unique rear camera module design, with two large camera cutouts being visible on the vertically stacked module. One sensor is housed on the top while the second one is placed at the bottom. The space between these two sensors includes two smaller camera cutouts along with a rectangular cutout, which might be for the LED flash. This makes it similar to the Mi 11i but with the sensors are placed vertically rather than horizontally. Lastly, the third and final model features a single large sensor with two smaller sensors right below it. Unfortunately, it is currently unknown if the company is actually working on these devices or just covering all bases. So stay tuned for more updates.
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