A new series of patents featuring Microsoft’s foldable smartphone/tablet hybrid has been recently published by USPTO showing three different technologies Microsoft is currently experimenting on as an attempt to fit large camera modules in small/thin smartphones.
All these parents, including the ones we have seen in the past deals with how to add a large camera module in a thinner phone without comprising the quality of the camera. Microsoft makes use of the foldable techniques which is the only way for them to make their dream come true.
The first technology is split camera Augmentation technology, which divides the camera into two halves with one-half housing the camera lens. The technology allows the camera to realign itself when needed to be used.
The second one is a floating camera module technology which is less sophisticated technology. In this, the thickness of the camera module will be more even more than the device but since it is a floating module pushing it from the front will have it protrudes from the back and pushing it from the back will have it protruding from the front allowing it to lie flat on a surface.
The third and the last technology will make the camera protrude but not from the outside, but from the inside of the device. Theirs’s a corresponding pit on the other half of the device which will act as a cap for the camera when the device is closed.
Although there’s no confirmation regarding why the software giant is exploring these patents, according to some earlier reports, the giant might be working on the highly anticipated surface phone. If the company is working on a surface phone, then companies like Samsung and especially Apple need to also do something innovative, or Microsoft might sweep the competition away with their upcoming surface phone.