Samsung’s next foldable phone could use an under-display camera

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
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If a new rumor is to be believed, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 could have an under-display camera. This means users could finally be saying goodbye to annoying notches and punch-hole cutouts on their foldable phone screens.

While it’s always worth taking rumors with a pinch of salt, there is some supporting evidence to these claims. Pocket Now, who first reported on the rumor, credited a “fairly reliable” source and the claims would match up with patents that we know Samsung has been awarded for under-display cameras.

Hopefully, Samsung’s design can improve upon the current quality of under-screen cameras, if not we’d prefer a cutout to a less crisp image any day. We’ll just have to wait and see when the Galaxy Z Fold 3 releases.

How would the under-display camera work? 

Under-display cameras are still fairly new, and the technology hasn’t yet been perfected. The general idea is that the camera works in a similar way to normal, just taking pictures from behind a screen rather than in front of it.

The ZTE Axon 20 5G is the first commercially available smartphone with an under-display camera, but it didn't blow us away with its image quality in our review. So far we've yet to see the technology on any other products.

Samsung was awarded an under-screen camera patent back in January, which could give us a hint at how it'd work on the Z Fold 3. 

Its design sees two different panels making up a screen, one large one that takes up most of the space and a much smaller one that fills in the gap where a camera bezel would normally be.

Samsung patent

(Image credit: Samsung / LetsGoDigital)

The camera is placed behind this smaller panel, which has a higher light transmission and a lower resolution to allow selfies and other front-facing camera pictures to be taken. However, for now, this is all speculation. 

We will most likely have to wait for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 to to be officially unveiled to find out for certain.

Hamish Hector
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