Galaxy Z Fold3 The First Under-display Camera Phone

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Last month it was reported by Samsung Head Quarters that the release of an under-screen camera (UDC) for the first time with the  3. Of course, we already know that the S21 will miss out on this feature. This information is from an industry insider leak according to the report. 

The gap between the pixels becomes wider allowing passing through. The light is refracted by the OLED display layer and uses a special algorithm to correct the image. The camera module is from Samsung LSI.

The area above the camera lens has a wide gap because this will affect the image quality of the display. As of now, the only competitor using the same technology is the ZTE 20 5G. 

Z Fold3 is expected to release this phone and technology in the third quarter of 2021. The adoption of UDC will help consolidate its new flagship position.

The 3 will use two hinges and a sliding keyboard

Samsung has released a couple of foldable smartphones, such as the Galaxy Z Flip and 2, both 5G models. Currently, all foldable phones have one thing in common, they can fold only once. It is expected that smartphones will eventually also be introduced to flexible display that can be folded twice. A great example of this was when Xiaomi demonstrated last year its first foldable smartphone. 

Z Fold 3

Samsung is working on such models. This model comes with a lower display that acts as a virtual keyboard and might be considering to develop a foldable with a slide-out keyboard, for convenience we call this device the 3.

A dual-hinge and three-screen parts

When this smartphone folds, it stays remarkably slim. The display can fold twice using the dual hinge. Thus, the flexible display consists of three equal display parts. When it folds, you have a narrow, compact phone and when unfolded you have a tablet-sized display.

Z Fold 3

Part of the screen can always be used, even when it is folded. Incoming messages, notifications, and calls can be displayed on this. This screen part is so large that it can reply directly to a WhatsApp message. It can be used to browse through the phone book and find a contact.

Part of the screen remains always visible and is prone to scratches when we carry the phone with us on the go. Hopefully, a solid solution will be sought for this before Samsung decides to release a folding phone with a (partially) outwardly folding display.

The hinges ensure that we can close the phone completely, without visible seams making the phone extremely compact to carry with. It also reduces the chance that dust particles and dirt can enter the hinges. However, the hinges have some negative effect on the operation of the device.

Note: The 3D product renders presented in this article are made in collaboration with Sarang Sheth, Industrial Designer and Editor-in-Chief at Yanko Design. The design is based on the patent images of Samsung Display. The images are for illustrative purposes only, this product is not for sale.

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