Oct 08, 2020 News
Since months it was rumored that Samsung was working on a completely bezel-less screen without any camera cutout which we would see on the Galaxy S21. However, Korean publication, The Elec, shot the rumors down saying that due to low production yield of the technology, plans for the next flagship have changed.
It now seems that the S21 will feature the same punch-hole display for the front-facing camera we are used to seeing. According to reports, the under-display camera technology is not stable enough for mass production. The idea is that the lens can be hidden under the display so that it’s almost invisible and blasts numerous tiny holes for the camera unit to see through. This is done by laser cutting holes into the OLED panel during the production stage.
The Elec reports that the first phone premiering the UDC will be the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 which is rumored to be released in the second-half of 2021. Before, Samsung had plans to introduce the UDC technology through the Galaxy Z Fold 2 but similar to this time, the feature was not ready.
If Samsung is successful in releasing the under-display camera in 2021, it will have competition with Xiaomi and Oppo who have showcased working prototypes already and intend to start mass production of the smartphone equipped with this technology. In addition, Nokia 9.3 PureView in the works with an under-display camera. It is certainly disappointing that Samsung potentially won’t be the first-to-market with an under-display camera of its own and will have to really stand out if it is to debut in the same year as the other competition.