Several Android manufacturers have offered solutions for under-display cameras over the past few years, but ZTE is currently the only brand to offer a commercial smartphone that features this technology.
That may change soon, as Xiaomi’s third-generation under-screen camera solution enters mass production next year.
But ZTE and Xiaomi won’t be the only companies to sell devices with a camera sensor placed under the screen for a long time.
Samsung is also working on a solution to the under-screen camera, and it may debut next year with the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
Samsung unveiled the original Galaxy Fold early last year, and it featured a large hole in the upper right corner of the main screen for the front camera.
The company then launched the Galaxy Z Fold 2 in September of this year, which provided a better solution with a circular hole punch.
Industry sources familiar with the matter revealed that Samsung has finalized its plans to bring under-screen camera technology to market with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 in the third quarter of 2021.
The report also reveals that Samsung’s solution uses a special screen from Samsung Display, while the image sensor is obtained from Samsung Electronics’ System LSI division.
Besides specialized hardware, the South Korean company is also working on an image correction algorithm to improve the output of the camera placed under the screen, where light is refracted by the OLED screen layer.
The screen appears to be designed so that the area above the camera lens includes wider gaps to secure the aperture and capture images smoothly, by widening the gap between pixels to allow light to pass through.
The report also indicates that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will be the first device from Samsung to have a camera placed under the screen.
The adoption of under-screen camera technology helps cement Galaxy Z Fold 3’s position as the new flagship.