Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi may be working on launching a smartphone that can be charged using solar energy. According to a report by LetsGoDigital, the company had filed for a patent in July 2018 which was recently approved and made public by World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO).
According to the report by LetsGoDigital, this handset will have a solar panel integrated on the back — covering most of the rear side. The top part seems to be left out to house the vertically placed dual camera setup. The report states that the handset won’t be thick due to the solar panel as the “camera module extends beyond the solar panel.” There is no fingerprint sensor on the back which means that the device is likely to house an in-display fingerprint reader.
The front of the smartphone is all display and no sign of a notch. Moreover, there is no pop-up selfie camera on this smartphone either as the patent comes with a sketch of the top edge of this device as well. It is quite possible that for this handset, Xiaomi uses its under-screen selfie camera that we have previously seen through demonstrations. On the sides, the illustrations show that the left edge houses the SIM card tray, the right edge housed the volume rockers and power button and at the bottom there is a dual-speaker grille and a USB Type-C port placed in between the two.
Notably, if Xiaomi does decide to launch a smartphone that supports solar power charging, it won’t be the first. Handset makers such as LG and Samsung have already launched devices featuring a solar chargeable batteries. Back in 2009, Samsung launched a feature phone called Guru E1107 for which Samsung claimed 1 hour under the sun offers 5 to 10 minutes of extra talk-time. As for LG, the South Korean manufacturer released the solar cell battery cover as an accessory for its LG Pop GD510 smartphone.