Tipster Ice Universe has targeted the second half 2021 to get a breakthrough of smartphones with under-display cameras (UDCs). Devices expected to feature the technology include the coming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold range, Xiaomi MIX 4, an Oppo foldable, VIVO and ZTE.
The launch of the Apple iPhone X in 2017 gave smartphone makers permission to cut notches and holes in their screens in an endeavor to create all-screen devices. While the iPhone is eventually rumored to shrink its notch for the first time later this season, Android manufacturers have been able to shrink the dimensions of the cut outs considerably — some even attempted removing it by pop-up cameras. The current dream, however, is to have true all-screens effective at taking high quality selfies while hiding the camera under the screen including under-display fingerprint readers.
The first smartphone to hit the marketplace with an under-display selfie camera was the ZTE Axon 20 5G, which while some remarkable accomplishment, didn’t quite hit the mark with all the grade of its shots. New-generation tech from ZTE and many others, however, is anticipated to start in the second half of this season in what leaker Ice Universe is hoping to become a breakthrough period for the technology. In addition to ZTE, devices he lists as forthcoming later this season with UDC tech such as foldables from Samsung and Oppo as well as the Xiaomi MIX 4 and VIVO.
UDC technology works by introducing a transparent cathode coating and transparent anode layer allowing a camera to sit down beneath the screen and capture pictures. Apple is currently also rumored to be moving into a similar arrangement but for its more advanced Face ID True Depth Camera system in 2023. It appears like it won’t be too long before UDC starts to become mainstream technologies and the days of notches and camera cut outs in displays will probably be finally coming to an end.
Sanjiv Sathiah, 2021-04-19 (Update: 2021-04-19)