Samsung has been testing cameras under the screen for a while, and one of the first rumors about the upcoming Galaxy S21 was that it would be the company’s first to use this solution. Unfortunately, developing a camera under the screen involves a lot of compromises, and according to a display analyst, the Galaxy S21 lineup won’t include it for a number of reasons.
Mass production issues with under-screen cameras will force the Galaxy S21 series to adopt a traditional camera
Another update from DSCC analyst Ross Young gives us more insight into Samsung’s rumored plan with the Galaxy S21. One reason why an under-camera camera is not part of the configuration is due to mass production issues resulting in low yields, making it an expensive procedure. Even if Samsung managed to mass produce a custom under-screen camera for the Galaxy S21, the image quality of the front camera would deteriorate, as emphasized by the Xiaomi General Manager.
Thanks to Visionox’s efforts, there has been some development in this area. The new OLED display from the manufacturer has a new pixel structure, in combination with highly transparent materials, a special pixel arrangement and a new control circuit. With this new display, the smartphone camera under the screen can become virtually invisible in various situations, but it is also questionable whether Samsung plans to use it for the Galaxy S21 series.
No bottom panel camera on S21
– Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) August 4, 2020
Earlier, Samsung tapped BOE to provide it with OLED screens for the Galaxy S21 family, likely in an attempt to cut production costs. Unfortunately, that plan didn’t go very well because BOE reportedly failed to provide quality displays during the initial testing phase, so Samsung may be a bit reluctant to use the services of another supplier, at least for the time being.
It is also rumored that Samsung wants to lower the price of the Galaxy S21 by choosing to use panels with a 60Hz refresh rate, and that cost can skyrocket if cameras are used below the screen. Personally, we don’t think it is that important to use cameras under the screen and if it helps keep the Galaxy S21’s costs down then we don’t see how it’s such a big deal.
Anyway, let us know in the comments on what you think about the under-screen camera that is not part of the upcoming series.
News Source: Twitter (Ross Young)