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Microsoft’s Surface Duo Android phone might have a thin camera

Surface Duo phone
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Surface Duo Android phone is a year from release but we’re already seeing evidence that suggests the device might look a little different at launch. A recently finding revealed that Microsoft is considering a giant camera module hole on the back of the Surface Duo to offer unbeatable camera experience.

According to a new patent application, Microsoft is working on a camera imaging system module that would fit on a thin smartphone form factor device.

“A current trend in designing mobile electronic devices aims for thin devices, wherein the form factor benefits from thin imaging apparatus to be housed inside the mobile electronic device,” Microsoft stated.

Surface Duo camera module

In the filing, Microsoft explains an imaging system that comprises an optical module and includes a lens group through which the light travels to the image sensor. The patented image sensor and an optical module are movable, which should make sense on a dual-screen Surface Duo.

Microsoft has shared the following details of the module:

The imaging apparatus comprises a structure with active and inactive positions. An image sensor and an optical module are movable in this structure. To enter an active position, the optical module extends along an optical axis, and the image sensor moves horizontally under the extended optical module. To enter the inactive position, the image sensor moves away, freeing space for the optical module to return to.


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