24 April 2019
In a bid to go bezel-less, smartphone brands have been trying alternate routes to house the front-facing camera. From the notch to a pop-up selfie camera, we’ve seen all. In fact, the notch itself has seen some strange implementations and looking at the latest patent filed by Xiaomi, we can agree that placement of the front-facing camera could not have been more bizzarre.
The patent filed by Xiaomi with World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) shows a dual front-facing camera located at the bottom of the display. Though the rest of the display is bezel -ess, it looks as if someone has kept a regular smartphone with a notch, upside down. Other details show in the filing hints at the presence of dual rear camera setup.
If you think that this design is odd, then wait till to see the images below. Schematics of another patent hints at a dual notched smartphone. Oddly, both the bottom corners of the phone are shown to feature a notch, housing a camera sensor each.
The patent, which was filed on May 25, 2018, has an actual registration number and identification code. Though both the images do not show a front firing speaker which hints towards the display being used as a speaker, same tech that Xiaomi has used in the past as well.
It is worth mentioning that Xiaomi already patented design with two notches at the top corners of the device. Hence, it is not as bizarre as it seems, at least for the company and the way it is applying for these patents, it seems that the company may actually launch one such device, though we really hope otherwise.