The Galaxy Z Fold 3’s under-display camera, which Samsung officially refers to as an Under-Panel Camera or UPC, may have stolen the spotlight from the foldable’s stronger UTG (Ultra-Thin Glass) material. Its addition, albeit disappointing for a few, wasn’t just a matter of slapping on some off-the-shelf technology and calling it each day. Samsung’s display-making arm has now revealed that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 uses a replacement quite OLED panel that has the side effect of improving that hidden camera, a minimum of in theory.
A conventional OLED screen comprises an OLED panel that holds the diodes and a plastic Polarizer that reduces light reflection and increases contrast. However, within the case of a foldable device just like the Galaxy Z Fold 3, there’s another layer on top of the 2, the Samsung Ultra-Thin Glass. The new technology, dubbed Eco OLED, reduces the layers by removing the Polarizer from the equation.
Eco OLED employs a special strategy of using pixel structure to attenuate reflection and take away the necessity to possess a Polarizer in the least. That layer is most frequently a dark layer of film that needs the OLED panel underneath to emit more light and consume more power. By throwing out the Polarizer, Samsung claims that Eco OLED can consume 25% less power and increase the transmittance rate by 33%.
There are other side effects to the present technology. One is that reducing the quantity of plastic utilized in the phone makes it more environmentally friendly. However, perhaps the more important benefit for end-users is that more light is in a position to undergo the under-display camera without the Polarizer getting into the way.
That may sound great in theory, but initial feedback on the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s under-panel camera hasn’t exactly been flattering. That said, Samsung sees this because of the future, or a minimum of plans on expanding its new Eco OLED technology to more products.