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Xiaomi patents foldable phone with five pop-up selfie cameras

2019 seems to be the year of foldable smartphones. Samsung launched the Galaxy Fold at the start of the year, followed by the Huawei Mate X, which is yet to arrive in India. Xiaomi was quick to join the bandwagon, revealing a video showcasing a prototype of the device. According to a patent claim filed recently, the foldable smartphone might flaunt a penta-camera layout.

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According to the patent published on November 8th, the upcoming Xiaomi smartphone will feature an outward-folding display. The device flaunts a pop-up camera module with five cameras that act as the primary or selfie setup depending on how the device is held. When unfolded, the left half of the device is thicker than the right. This module houses the basic hardware, including the battery and camera setup.

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Even though Xiaomi has filed for a patent, it does not guarantee the final product resembling the current design. Xiaomi is yet to officially announce the new foldable smartphone. The company revealed the Mi MIX Alpha back in September 2019. The smartphone features a wraparound display surrounding the device. Xiaomi claims the MIX Alpha will be available in limited numbers in the future.

In related news, Xiaomi recently launched the Mi CC9 Pro that is available globally as the Mi Note 10, last week with a penta-camera setup at the rear and a single sensor at the front. Xiaomi may probably use the same setup on its upcoming foldable smartphone. Although a formal announcement on a tentative launch is awaited, Xiaomi is rumored to launch the device soon, to make the most of the current hype surrounding the foldable display technology.

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro/Mi Note 10 Specifications and Features

The Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro flaunts a 6.47-inch Full-HD+ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. The device draws power from a 2.2Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 730 chipset with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of native storage. The Penta-camera layout includes 108-megapixel, 20-megapixel, 5-megapixel, 12-megapixel and 2-megapixel sensors along with a 32-megapixel front camera.

The CC9 Pro draws power from a 5,260mAh battery with 30W fast charging support and runs the Android 9 Pie-based MIUI. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Bluetooth v5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS/A-GPS, GLONASS, USB Type-C and a 3.5mm headphone port. In terms of security, the device features an in-display fingerprint sensor and Face Unlock. The CC9 Pro measures 157.8 x 74.2 x 9.7 mm and weighs 208 grams.

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