The perforation or cutout applied to hide the camera will disappear from the screen of future Samsung, Xiaomi and Oppo / Vivo plus ZTE phone models.
According to recent rumors, the main smartphone manufacturers are “plotting” hard to exclude the perforation for the camera from the design of future smartphone models. The technical solution chosen is also a compromise, but smaller, the front camera will be barely visible through the active surface of the screen. However, it will be better than with the “cut” or “perforated” screen.
We can assume that a greater or lesser compromise will be on the quality side of the resulting photos, but this will be largely corrected by applying filters and other optimizations to the capture application.
All we know, for now, is that Xiaomi intends the next Mi Mix 4 model to be the first phone that does not use a retractable camera to avoid perforating the screen. Instead, Samsung seems to intend to offer this feature at a slightly more “luxury” price, preparing a new foldable phone, successor to the Galaxy Z Flip or Galaxy Z Fold.
Oppo also seems to have a foldable phone in the works. Only ZTE can boast that it is already reaching the second generation of this technology, launching a successor for an Axon 20 5G prototype, unveiled at the end of last year but not delivered in a commercial version. According to the information available so far, the successor to the ZTE Axon 30 5G will have a reasonable price of about 400 euros.
ZTE was the first manufacturer to demonstrate a phone that has a front camera hidden under the display. The Axon 20 had a 32 MP camera hidden behind a semi-transparent AMOLED screen. Although the technology seemed impressive, the resulting pictures were deficient in clarity and color palette. Perhaps worse, the screen did not mask the presence of the front camera very well, which remained easy to notice, especially when brighter colors were displayed.
We can only hope that the shortcomings of the early versions of the under-display technology have been solved in the meantime, the future smartphone models really offering advantages that justify the possible compromises made.
Robert J. Smith is still early into his career as tech reporter but has already had his work published in many major publications including JoyStiq and Android Authority. In regards to academics, Robert earned a degree in business from Fordham University. Robert has passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in science and tech.