Leaked: Sketch Revealing Nokia 10 With A Rotating Five-Camera Setup
HMD Global is preparing for a huge MWC 2018 event. It is expected to launch the Nokia 9, Nokia 1 and also unveil a concept phone that might be consumer-ready by the end of 2018. This concept device is expected to have a five-camera setup on the back of the device. If so, Nokia could seriously turn some heads with this announcement.
While such rumours sound astonishing and almost unreal, a new sketch of the Nokia 10 has been unearthed. The sketch, leaked by an industry insider on Baidu, shows the Nokia 10 with a rotating Penta-lens camera setup on the back.
How Does It Work?
The sketch reveals that the Nokia 10 will have a large circular module similar to the Nokia Lumia 1020. The setup employs a multiple-lens camera setup with different lenses of varying focal lengths that are mounted on a rotating lens base.
Based on the sketch, it appears that the main setup will be that of a dual-camera while the other lenses could be hidden inside the module. The lenses will rotate and position themselves on top of the main camera in the middle of the module. Thanks to this mechanism, the lenses will be able to change their focal lengths in combination with the main camera to offer a much larger zooming range.
The German lens maker Zeiss has already patented miniature zoom camera that uses a similar technique. It comprises of a number of lenses arranged in a circular pattern that can rotate. This is a telling sign since Zeiss has had a long-running association with Nokia. As recently as the Nokia 8 had the Zeiss lenses.
The Nokia 10 won’t be the first device to offer such a multi-lens camera solution. The L16 has 16 lenses although, it is just camera and not a smartphone. Huawei is rumoured to launch the Huawei P11 with a triple-lens camera as well.
With such a large camera module on the back, it will be interesting to see how the smartphone maker will introduce a decent sized battery and position the fingerprint sensor as well.