A patent recently filed with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) by Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi suggests that advanced users may soon stop dragging their power banks along with their phones. The patent was filed July 27, 2018, with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) and was published by WIPO on Friday. Show a smartphone with a solar panel integrated into the back.
The front of the phone is full screen and, since no obvious place for the selfie camera is shown (the patent images do not show an emerging mechanism, a notch or a perforated hole), the device could have a low snapper selfie display. In June, Xiaomi released a video revealing that it worked on that feature. The fingerprint scanner on the phone is also located below the screen.
Samsung Launched A Couple Of phones Equipped With A solar Panel In 2009
While the patent shows the solar panel on the back of the device, there is still enough space for a vertically mounted dual-camera configuration housed in a module with an LED flash between the sensors. A solar panel on the phone has many perks. It will conserve enough energy to allow the device’s battery to charge automatically when needed, prolonging the time between charges. It is not known how much energy the solar panel can capture and store.
The idea of Xiaomi may seem radical, but it has been demonstrated previously. In 2009, Samsung launched not only one, but two phones with a connected solar panel. The Samsung Guru E1107 could sit in the sun gathering rays for an hour that could become enough juice for a phone call from 5 minutes to 10 minutes. The Guru E1107 was produced for developing countries where blackouts are common. The Samsung Blue Earth S7550 also featured a solar panel on the back to increase the battery by 1080 mAh; An hour of sunshine could power a 10-minute phone call. This phone was made of recycled plastic from used water bottles and had advanced features for a phone that was not a smartphone, including an HTTP browser. He also offered some ecological reminders to take out the trash and turn off the water tap.
Those with a good memory might remember that in 2010 LG launched a cover for the LG Pop GD510 that included a solar panel. At that time, 11 minutes of work in tanning would have given the phone another three minutes of conversation. It is very likely that the technology has significantly improved over the past nine years. However, the LG Pop GD510 was launched at the end of 2009 with a 900 mAh battery, so those extra minutes of conversation with solar energy were welcome.
But all these phones were feature phones and Xiaomi’s design patent, no doubt, applies to smartphones. And speaking of Xiaomi smartphones, in the US we are still waiting for news from the company that will start selling its phones in the country. At the moment, we cannot blame Xiaomi for staying outside the states. Considering what happened to Huawei. Outside OnePlus, in the US it does not have open arms for phones designed and manufactured in China. Last week, President Donald Trump announced a 10% import tax on another $300 billion of imported Chinese products in the US; According to reports, that level of products includes smartphones (yes, even the Apple iPhone) and other consumer electronics assembled in China.
In July 2018, Xiaomi vice president Wang Xiang said the company plans to begin its invasion of the US in 2019. But earlier this year, the manufacturer’s global spokesman said the deadline for such a move has been delayed for at least a year. The company sells some products to US consumers. From its Mi.com website, including some smart accessories, cameras, robotics, a wireless charging platform, and a 10,000 mAh power bank. And this brings us back to the beginning of this story.
(Via: LetsGo Digital)
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