A report from South Korea last month stated that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will be the first Samsung smartphone to feature an Under-Display Camera (UDC). Now a new report, coming again from the company’s forte, repeats that claim.
According to A. ETNews In the report, Samsung started developing a UDC solution for the next generation Fold. Samsung Display is making the screen for this technology while Samsung LSI will provide the camera unit.
Samsung was previously expected to introduce its version of this unprecedented UDC technology with the Galaxy S21 series. However, this does not appear to be happening as recent leaks have all revealed upcoming Galaxy S ships that feature a perforated display.
The report claimed last month that the Korean giant is not yet ready with its new camera technology to begin mass production in time for its next flagship. The Galaxy S21 series could be launched in February next year, although multiple reports in recent weeks have indicated its launch in January. In the meantime, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will likely not arrive until the third quarter of 2021. So Samsung still has a decent amount of spare time to improve its UDC solution.
Samsung introduces an under-screen camera system with the Galaxy Z Fold 3
According to an in-house source in the industry, Samsung selects tried and tested technology for its UDC solution. The viewing area above the camera lens will have larger gaps between pixels, allowing light to pass through. This is the same technology that ZTE is applying to the Axon 20 5G, the world’s first under-screen camera phone.
However, since the wider pixel gaps affect the screen’s image quality, Samsung had to ensure that the gaps are not too wide. Additionally, the smaller gaps mean that the camera may not receive enough light to produce sharper images. The OLED screen layer may also refract light away from the lens. So to balance and improve the output quality from this camera setup, the company is also developing an image correction algorithm.
Samsung sees foldable smartphones as the way forward. The company has high hopes for foldable devices, so much so that it is considering merging its flagship lineup, the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note, and is offering the Galaxy Flip series and Galaxy Fold as flagship devices.
The under-screen camera is sure to make Samsung’s Galaxy Fold series devices even more attractive. The Galaxy Z Fold 2, with its perforated screen, really looks like a huge upgrade over the wide notch in the original fold. The indoor screen without any disturbances would really be a sight to see on the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
However, there is still a long way to go to launch the next generation of the Fold. We’ll have to wait and see how it all works. Hopefully there will be no more delay and we’ll see Samsung introduce for the first time its UDC technology with the Fold 3.