Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 could be the company’s first model with a periscope camera
When we thought that there is no way someone could come up with something new, Oppo and Huawei equipped their devices with periscope cameras. The next company in line to deliver a smartphone with such a camera could be Xiaomi, as the company recently got a patent application approval by the State Intellectual Property Office of China. The patent application which surfaced on the web shows what Xiaomi’s new telephoto implementation will be like. It’s safe to assume that the first model to rock this new kind of camera will be the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 which rumors say will sport a 64MP camera on the back.
According to the patent, the camera setup will consist of the main camera that will be combined with at least one periscope lens. The latter will reportedly be placed perpendicular to the main one, resulting in an interesting setup. The benefit of this setup is the fact that the periscope lens can achieve varying zoom magnifications without needing larger cameras. Thus, the manufacturers can keep the size of the smartphones in decent lines, and deliver higher quality images at the same time. The periscope lenses can do this due to the process of light refraction.
At this point, the Huawei P30 Pro and the Oppo Reno 10x zoom are the only ones to offer this kind of cameras. These are able to go up to 125mm and 135mm focal length, so it’s safe to assume that the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 will have a camera with similar capabilities too. While the patent doesn’t refer to any smartphone model, it is almost certain that the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 will be the one to first get the new periscope camera. It is the company’s next important flagship so it makes sense for it to rock the new technology. The Chinese company is also working on the Xiaomi Mi A3, according to rumors, so there are quite a few nice devices coming our way from that direction this year.