Rumor | Samsung under-display cameras will be exclusive to the Galaxy Z Fold3 in 2021
The under-display camera has already technically made its debut in 2020 as part of the ZTE Axon 20 5G smartphone, and has the potential to catch on from there. It can create a truly edge-to-edge display without the compromises of a pop-up selfie camera in a motorized module elsewhere within the device, even if it requires a slightly different patch of display material to cover it so that it can "disappear" so as to deploy the sensor in question at need.
ETNews now claims to have heard from its sources that Samsung is positioned to implement this technology from 2021 onward. Then again, the feature will not appear in a Note 21 series, nor the S21 series, but in the succesor to the Galaxy Z Fold2 only.
This may seem slightly unfair to those still in the market for completely rigid high-end Galaxy smartphones. Then again, it might make sense for Samsung to make the under-display selfie shooter (which, according to the prolific leaker Ice Universe, will become "Camera Under Panel (CUP)" in this company's marketing lexicon).
For one thing, it would solve the issue of the punch-hole camera in the current Z Fold2, which has a placement in the "main" display that is never good news for fans of symmetry. In addition, it would (however misfortunately) rationalize Samsung's continued trend of demanding ultra-high prices for its top-end foldables.
Those willing to spend rather less on their first hinge-toting device may be in line for some joy themselves, however. The display-industry leaker Ross Young now alleges that Samsung does indeed intend to launch a Lite foldable in the immediate future, and that it will be a more budget version of the Galaxy Z Flip. Therefore, next-gen clamshells for the masses may not be too far away at this point.