Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 is, for the most part, its best attempt at the foldable market, while the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is proving to be it’s most popular. Of course, there are some notable shortcomings, particularly with the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s cameras. Samsung has set lofty ambitions for next year’s foldable, with plans to create around 10 million handsets. However, those objectives may be called into doubt if Samsung decides to go all-in on its alleged under-display cameras.
Samsung’s first phone with an under-display camera, also known as an under-panel sensor or UPS, was the Galaxy Z Fold 3, and it couldn’t have made things much worse. While the visible grainy screen on top of the sensor is tolerable and at times almost invisible, the front camera’s quality isn’t. So when a report surfaces that both foldable would use UDCs next year, there’s the reason for some Samsung fans to be concerned.
Of course, these are just rumors, and they may or may not come to pass, especially if there is a lot of opposition. It’s also possible that Samsung has now come to its senses and introduce a better solution next year. It’s virtually unfathomable that Samsung couldn’t do it if ZTE did.
According to leaked specifications on Naver, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 may use under-display cameras both inside and outside, causing problems for future users. On the other hand, the current Galaxy Z Fold 3 includes a decent and proper front-facing camera on the external Cover Display, giving users an option when quality is critical. On the plus side, the next Galaxy Z Fold should at least keep up with the trend of main cameras, which should be the same as the Galaxy S22.
In the case of the Galaxy Z Flip 4, Samsung may also use a UDC, but there’s a catch. According to the insider, two prototypes of the foldable clamshell are being circulated, one of which has the punch-hole cutout. Apart from the cameras, Samsung may continue to refine and improve what works, and next years foldable may use the same batteries as this year’s models, which is another source of contention for some.