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LG patent hints at mystery smartphone with crazy 16 camera system

One of LG’s next smartphones could feature a potentially game-changing 16 camera system on the rear of the device, if a new patent filing is to be believed.

The alleged LG patent was shared by Dutch gadget blog LetsGoDigital, which seemingly reveals a radical new 4×4 camera grid configuration resulting in a total of 16 primary lenses on a mystery device.

Set to be released in 2019, LG’s next two expected flagships are the LG G8 and LG V50 ThinQ, so it’s not impossible that one of these could end up being the handset that features 16 cameras. Why? Well, LG likes to regard its ThinQ branded products as ahead of the curve, specifically with regards to AI features, and this kind of feature would fit the bill perfectly.

The patent appears to be a USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office) filing that was granted on November 20, but as it’s being hosted directly by the website, we aren’t able to independently verify if it’s a legitimate filing.

As well as the sheer audacity of a 16 lens camera system, what’s really interesting about this rumour is the way the cameras are seemingly positioned at curved angles, which would allow users to take the same photo from multiple perspectives as well as combine their shots into a moving image in a new way.

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Image Credit: LetsGoDigital

The number of cameras has quickly become one of the new flagship smartphone battlegrounds this year, and while it’s important to note that patent filings don’t always end up materialising on finished products, it’s safe to say we don’t expect this trend to abate any time soon.

Alternatively, if you just can’t wait for a new LG device, check out some these incredible Cyber Monday 2018 UK bargains on current flagship the G7 ThinQ.

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