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Like LG, Xiaomi's future smartphones could feature three selfie cameras

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Like LG, Xiaomi's future smartphones could feature three selfie cameras
Extra rear cameras are becoming increasingly popular on smartphones, but up front, multiple cameras are still pretty rare. Moving forward, though, Xiaomi could change this.

Revealed by its latest patent, the world’s fourth-largest smartphone manufacturer appears to be toying with the idea of a smartphone with three front-facing cameras. As seen on the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, these sensors would be hidden behind the notchless display as part of a slider design. However, the possibility of implementing them within pop-up modules and wide notches is also a possibility.

In terms of functionality, it seems likely that a super-wide-angle camera like the one seen on the Google Pixel 3 series would be implemented alongside the regular camera. Then, accompanying these could be a monochrome sensor for extra detail and improved selfies in low-light situations, or a Time-of-Flight camera that’d retrieve depth data for better bokeh photos.

With Xiaomi increasing the quality of its cameras with each smartphone release, a triple-camera selfie setup certainly isn’t impossible. In fact, if the company wishes to it could implement one on the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 later on this year. Alternatively, it could save the extra cameras for next year’s Xiaomi Mi 10.

Curiously, LG recently filed a similar patent which depicted three rear cameras within a wide notch. As with Xiaomi, there’s no concrete information that suggests LG will ever launch a smartphone with three front-facing cameras. But if it does so, the two companies could find themselves competing directly against each other.

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