13 August 2019
Xiaomi seems to be cooking up a new way of ensuring that smartphones' battery life can last longer. A new patent application has been spotted online that shows a smartphone with a solar panel integrated on the back panel. The patent has been submitted by Xiaomi to the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) in China.
The patent application shows a bunch of smartphone sketch images offering an idea of what the device might look like. It shows a phone with full-display on the front panel with bare minimum bezels. There is neither a notch nor any physical buttons or camera on the front. This is same as any other modern smartphone but it is the back panel where things get interesting.
The back panel has a dual-camera setup on the top left corner. The rest of the backside has a bigger rectangular panel with a number of grids that you might have seen on any other solar panel. This panel will make use of solar energy to keep the smartphone charged for a longer period of time.
The good thing is that it seems like despite having an integrated solar panel, the Xiaomi smartphone will have thickness almost the same as traditional smartphones. It means there should not be any difference in holding the device or carrying it around in the pocket. Additionally, the device seems to be having an in-display fingerprint scanner as there is no physical fingerprint sensor visible on the front and back.
While the whole idea of a solar panel is intriguing, it is only a patent application for the moment. We have already said in the past that patent applications do not always mean there will be an actual product. We will have to wait and see if Xiaomi ends up releasing any smartphone based on the patent.