The smartphone market is consistently evolving and there have been significant improvements over the past few years. One aspect that has gotten so much attention is the display. In order to achieve a full-screen display, we have seen different solutions. The notch, water-drop, pop-up camera, punch-hole, and tri-bezeless designs all aim to achieve a full-screen display. Now, there is an advancement in the under-screen camera technology which will further make full-screen displays possible. The likes of ZTE, Xiaomi, Samsung, and other manufacturers are working on this technology.
In September of this year, ZTE took the lead in mass production of commercial under-screen camera technology. The first ZTE model with this technology is the AXON 20 5G. At the same time, Xiaomi also demonstrated its third-generation under-screen camera technology. According to Xiaomi, this technology will enter mass-production sometime next year. It is foreseeable that next year there will be a batch of on-screen camera phones in the market.
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According to a recent report, Samsung is also developing under-screen camera technology. The lower light transmittance will affect the imaging of the front camera. For this reason, the Samsung Galaxy S21 will not have the under-screen camera but will use a punch-hole screen. However, there are speculations that this may be the company’s last punch-hole flagship.
Industry insider, Ross Young, believes that Samsung’s on-screen camera technology will enter mass-production and commercialization next year. If the Samsung Galaxy S21 does not have this technology, the first model may be the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.
From this point of view, Samsung Galaxy S21 could become the last generation of Samsung’s flagship to use the punch-hole design. Subsequent models will continue to use the on-screen camera solution to achieve a true full screen.
Samsung Galaxy S21 to arrive next year
In terms of core configuration, Samsung Galaxy S21 will probably arrive with Qualcomm’s new generation of Snapdragon flagship platform, Snapdragon 875 SoC. Right now, this chip is not official, we are expecting the announcement of this processor later this year. Its mass-production and commercialization will be in 2021. Just like other Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S21 will have an Exynos version. This version will target the European and other markets as usual. However, the Qualcomm version will probably target the U.S., China, and South Korea. According to Samsung’s schedule, this series will arrive early next year, probably in February.