Samsung has detailed a potential under-display camera system in a new patent filing with the US Patent and Trademark Office. The system would essentially split a smartphone screen into two separate display panels, one of which has a small cutout to accommodate the other panel and the camera that would be hidden beneath it. That smaller panel would have a lower resolution and higher light transmission to make sure that the light that passes through the screen is sufficient for a quality camera function.
The cutout could take several different forms depending on the design of the phone. For example, it could resemble a bezel along the top, or it could be placed in the upper left or right corner of the screen. In either case, the lower resolution panel would be shaped to fit that cutout, and would cover an IR blaster and a flash in addition to a camera. The larger panel, meanwhile, would offer the high screen resolution that customers expect from a modern smartphone.
The design concept is similar to that of the ZTE Axon 20 5G, which became the first phone to feature an under-display camera when it debuted in September of 2020. It is not yet clear if or when Samsung plans to make the technology available to the public, although some rumors have suggested that the under-display camera could appear in the Galaxy Z Fold3. The company’s Galaxy S20 already boasts an in-display fingerprint sensor from Goodix.