15 January 2020 06:36
CNIPA Several new Xiaomi camera patents have just surfaced online. Spotted by Shot Bytes, these patents come from the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), and they reveal three new distinct pop-up camera designs. The first design features dual front and rear-facing camera setups. The second and third sport dual front-facing cameras too, but they also feature one triple and one whopping penta-camera setup. Other than the number of camera cutouts, there isn't much else different between these designs.
Relate: Xiaomi could release two triple-screen, possibly foldable devices in the future Based on these patents, it looks like the pop-up mechanisms would house both the front and rear-facing sensors. This would be quite an achievement, considering how much tech it would need to back in such a small space. These Xiaomi patents don't really tell us anything else about these cameras or the devices they would come on. We don't even know if Xiaomi is just playing around with this idea or if it actually plans to bring these features to market. But, if it does, these could be some seriously interesting devices.
However, it's still cool to see what brands and companies are cooking up in the background. Recently, a new patent filing by Xiaomi was approved by the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) and it contains designs for a smartphone with a pop-up system with multiple cameras. There are three separate designs, all of them depicting the same mechanism that houses both front and rear cameras, included in the patent document. The first one has two cameras for the front and back, followed by two front and three rear cameras for the second, and two front with five rear cameras for the third design. It should be noted that while the pop-up mechanism is quite wide, we're uncertain if the housing is thick enough to fit that many camera sensors inside.
Unit simultaneously to accommodate front and rear camera. The company received approval for three different device design with retractable cameras, one of which has two selfie-camera and at the same time five main. These inventions have the same sliding mechanism at the top of the smartphone, however, the number of installed sensors, located in the drawer unit, you'll be. The first design is characterized by the presence of two lenses of the main camera, the second three lenses, and the third, in turn, has five sensors rear and dual front, a total of seven image sensors. At the moment it is not known how Xiaomi is going to place all seven camera sensors in a single module. Now don't count on the actual implementation of this project, it's just a patent, and it remains a mystery gets whether the specified apparatus on the mobile market. Tuesday, January 14, 2020 In a press conference on January 14, 2020, the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) released 2019 annual statistics indicating a drop of 9.1% in invention patent application filings from 2018. Nonetheless, Chinese invention applications filed in 2019 totaled a staggering 1.401 million. This compares to 616,852 U.S. utility patent application filings in fiscal year 2019, a 3% increase over fiscal year 2018. CNIPA also stated that 453,000 invention patents were granted in 2019, a 4.8% increase year from 2018. The top three invention patentees were Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, and OPPO Guangdong Mobile Communication Co., Ltd. CNIPA examined 1.023 million invention patent applications, 1.981 million utility model patent applications, and 744,000 design patent applications. The number of foreign-originated invention patent applications in China reached 157,000, an increase of 6.0% over the previous year. Japan, the United States, and Germany were the top three filers of invention patent applications in China, with applications of 49,000, 39,000, and 16,000 in respectively, which increased by 7.9%, 1.5%, and 6.4% year-on-year. The number of foreign trademark applications in China reached 255,000, an increase of 5.3% over the previous year. The United States was the top TM filer with 54,000 applications, representing a 5.3% increase. Japan and the United Kingdom were second and third for trademark applications in China, with applications of 31,000 and 24,000 respectively, with year-on-year growth of 21.2% and 42.4%. Note that the press conference did not make mention of the drop in patent filings nor the potential reasons behind the drop but instead mentioned the increase in patent grants and foreign-originated patent applications. The drop in invention patent applications may indicate a slowing economy, an increase in patent quality, and/or reduction in monetary government incentives for Chinese patent filings. Patent filings are an interesting gateway to see what smartphone manufacturers are experimenting with behind closed doors. The latest one weve come across is from Xiaomi and was recently authorized by CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Administration), giving us a new take on the pop-up camera design. The design in question places both the front and back-facing cameras on the same pop-up mechanism. Xiaomi multiple punch hole cameras patent The patent reveals three distinct varieties of the design starting with two dual-camera setups on the front and back and going all the way to a dual setup on the front and a five sensor array on the back. The actual pop-up mechanism is quite wide and occupies most of the space above the screen. Granted, patents dont always make it to the production phase but it would definitely be interesting to see how Xioami can cram that many sensors in such a narrow enclosure. Source (in Chinese)| Via