Samsung is reportedly targeting a 2020 release for under-display camera technology, which will further “clean up” the front of smartphones, leaving only the screen.
The first smartphone with an under-display camera will launch next year, according to Korean website The Elec. The report follows what Yang Byung-duk, vice president of Samsung’s mobile communication R&D group, said in a briefing in March, where he disclosed that the company is working on making the camera hole invisible, with the goal of finally creating a full-screen smartphone.
The under-display camera will be a progression from the punch hole cutouts for the cameras of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10. Samsung used a machine called the Hole in Active Area, or HiAA1, for manufacturing the displays of this year’s flagship smartphones. The company has reportedly received the first HiAA2 equipment that will be used to make the under-display cameras that will launch next year.
The first Samsung smartphone that will feature an under-display camera has been the subject of debate. The Elec claimed that the technology will launch on the Galaxy Fold Foldable 2, which will make an already complicated smartphone even more difficult to make. Samsung will need to figure out issues such as distortions and light bleeding, which may be caused by the foldable screen.
Adding the new camera technology to the next Samsung foldable smartphone will also likely further drive up the device’s price.