It turned out that Beijing-based Xiaomi Mobile Software filed a patent application for a smartphone with a rotatable camera mechanism on November 30, 2020 . The China National Intellectual Property Office (CNIPA) has released some documents containing images of the device .
The patent images show at first glance an ordinary smartphone with no holes or notches on its screen . However, the interesting detail here is that the device is equipped with a rotatable camera mechanism that can serve as both the main and front camera.
Samsung used similar technology
As you know, the Samsung Galaxy A80 model was launched with a similar design. Unfortunately, the smartphone remains the only one of its kind. The South Korean company seemed to revert to the old familiar design, as it was too costly to manufacture .
The images show a three-sensor camera system. At the bottom of the smartphone is a SIM card slot, USB-C port and speaker. Of course, it should not be forgotten that we are talking about a patent application for now. There is no guarantee that Xiaomi will bring this idea to life .