This article originally appeared on ABACUS A new patent from Xiaomi either shows some unusual ideas or the next big thing in phone design. The oddest part is not the wraparound foldable screen — but a massive pop-up module with a mind-boggling five pop-up cameras. It’s like Xiaomi decided to take the most hyped-up trends in smartphones and turn it into a five-eyed Frankenstein. The patent was found by the TigerMobiles.com website on China’s IP national agency CNIPA. The patent was registered in August 2018, but so far it hasn’t become a reality. Like many Chinese smartphone makers, Xiaomi has been experimenting with bold designs to attract more attention in an increasingly crowded market. In January it teased a foldable phone that folds twice. But while it looked cool, many noticed an odd omission: There didn’t appear to be space for a camera. More recently, Xiaomi unveiled a US$2,800 concept phone, the Mi Mix Alpha , with a screen that wraps around the body. For more insights into China tech, sign up for our tech newsletters , subscribe to our award-winning Inside China Tech podcast , and download the comprehensive 2019 China Internet Report . Also roam China Tech City , an award-winning interactive digital map at our sister site Abacus .