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Rumor | Upcoming Galaxy S21 could be Samsung's first handheld sporting an under-display selfie cam

Oppo's in-display selfie cams are almost ready to see commercial implementation and could beat Samsung by several months. (Image Source: Oppo)
Oppo's in-display selfie cams are almost ready to see commercial implementation and could beat Samsung by several months. (Image Source: Oppo)
Samsung was first to unveil patents for in-display selfie cams, but Oppo one-upped the Korean giant by presenting working phone prototypes integrating in-display cameras. While Samsung is now strongly considering adding in-display cams to the upcoming Galaxy S21 launching next year, Oppo could still be first-to-market, if its prototypes showcased last December are any indication.
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Trusted leaker Ice Universe revealed that Samsung could finally ditch the punch-hole selfie cameras and replace them with under-display models starting with next year’s Galaxy S-series. For now, Samsung is pondering the feasibility of the whole endeavor, but we have already seen early prototypes and patents from a few Chinese phone makers, so the Korean giant is certainly not the only one looking to innovate.

Other alternatives for a full display implementation include cameras that pop up from the upper edge or rear cameras that can rotate to face the user, but these solutions are not really that popular, plus they are prone to mechanical failures. Oppo unveiled a few in-display camera prototypes in early and late 2019, yet we haven’t seen any commercial implementation for these up until now. The prototypes presented last December still had luminosity issues as the OLED panel on top was not letting enough light to pass through. Nevertheless, the selfie cam image samples were not bad at all, and Oppo may actually market these solutions some time this year, beating Samsung by several months.

Meanwhile, Apple’s 2020 iPhones are still expected to integrate a notch, and we have to wonder if Apple will ever present any truly revolutionary tech before the Eastern-Asian phone makers.

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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1575 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2020-04- 9 (Update: 2020-04-10)