Xiaomi is granted a patent for a mobile phone with a zoom camera. Will this be the design of the next Xiaomi Mi smartphone with 5x Zoom?
Various smartphone manufacturers have this year released a phone with zoom camera. Consider theHuawei P30 Pro and the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom . The Oppo Reno2 was also recently released with a 5x Zoom lens. It is expected that other smartphone manufacturers will also follow this trend. So last month the rumor arose that theSamsung Galaxy S11 will have a 5x zoom lens. Xiaomi also seems to be working on a similar camera, possibly using a Samsung image sensor for this, just like with the recently introduced Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha with 108 megapixel camera.
Xiaomi smartphone camera with zoom functionality
Last month it was announced that Xiaomi is working on a smartphone with 5x telephoto zoom and 50x digital zoom. XDA Developers was able to retrieve this information from the software after Xiaomi rolled out a beta version of the new Miui 11 software. The video quality also seems to be lifted to a new level, it would be 8K video resolution @ 30fps.
Bejing Xiaomi Mobile Software recently received a design patent from The Hague International Design System for a smartphone with zoom camera. The patent entitled ‘Mobile phone’ was published on August 9, 2019 and shows the possible design of the Xiaomi phone with zoom camera in development. There are 14 patent sketches included.
The patented Xiaomi smartphone has a screen filling screen. A pop-up system has been used for the selfie camera, similar to the recently introduced Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro . The rear has a completely new design.
The cameras on the back are continued in the same line as the pop-up camera. As a result, the camera system is placed somewhat off center, vertically below each other. We see a double camera with a smaller circle in between. This could be an extra camera sensor (eg ToF depth camera or macro camera), it could also be the flash. In the most recent models, however, the flash is placed next to the camera system. In addition, a camera with zoom lens seems to be integrated, this is the upper, square-shaped lens.
It is as yet unknown when Xiaomi intends to release her first smartphone with zoom. The company has scheduled a press conference on November 5, 2019, then the Xiaomi Mi CC9 will be presented. Last week a teaser was distributed for this model, this Mi smartphone will also have a 108 megapixel sensor. In addition, it will be the first Xiaomi smartphone with 5 cameras on the back, just like the Nokia 9 PureView . Whether this device is also equipped with a 5x zoom lens is unknown. In any case, no square lens can be detected, as we see with the Reno 10x Zoom, the P30 Pro and the patented model.