Samsung's first under-display camera design won't be for the S11 but rather the Fold 2

Samsung's first under-display camera design won't be for the S11 but rather the Fold 2
Samsung may be the first major phone maker to elevate its "all-screen" phone design to the inevitable next step - a selfie camera that is invisible because it is tucked under the screen panel.

Korean media is reporting today that Samsung has ordered the production of said display packages, dubbed HIAA2 (for hole-in-active-area). Don't let the "hole" part fool you, as the display tech that brought along the S10 and Note 10 punch hole designs is denoted as HIAA1, while HIAA2 is its logical development. 

For HIAA2, Samsung still employed the precise laser cutting technique that it has exclusivity over for OLED panels, but has reportedly covered the "hole" with a transparent display layer that can be active and still let more light shine through.

The technology could very well be ready for the Galaxy S11 release in March, but the fact that Samsung has started production at its A4 plant, where there are only two OLED lines that can churn out not more than 30,000 panels a month, means it is most likely for a niche device. 

What could that be? Well, remember yesterday's tip that the Galaxy Fold 2 will be making a cameo in April? That's exactly the phone that Samsung is reportedly thinking of equipping with the yet-unproven under-display camera technology, whereas the Galaxy S11 will more likely have to make do with a design resembling the Note 10, just with even thinner bezels. 

We are very curious to see whether Samsung has managed to solve the photo quality problems inherent with the under-display camera technologies, but if anyone can make transparent OLED work, it's the Korean juggernaut.

Meanwhile, as if to reiterate that it is indeed working on cameras tucked under the screen package, as well as on some weird solutions to employ them, Samsung has patented this concoction, unearthed by the folks from LetsGoDigital.


The patent depicts a phone with a sliding flexible display that can be pushed around the edge of the handset. Not only that, but the weirdly placed under-screen camera can rotate together with the display, and be in both single, and dual-sensor configurations. 

While this one we have to see to believe in, a simple good under-screen camera would convince us that Samsung can pull off any engineering marvel, and if the Fold 2 is its host, so be it. 

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8 Comments

1. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1157; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

This sounds exciting. Samsung is the only major OEM (outside Chinese OEMs) pushing the boundaries. Atleast they're trying. Google totally dropped the ball with Pixel 4. I was really looking forward to get rid of my OnePlus lol. Hopefully S11+ would be exciting especially if Samsung upgrades the camera hardware.

5. PartTimePhoner

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 03, 2019

What was wrong with oneplus

7. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1157; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I'm using OnePlus 6 running latest Oxygen OS. There are UI glitches every now and then. Camera is average at best. OnePlus excels at speed but if I only wanted speed, I'd go with a Pixel or an iPhone. I switched from a Galaxy S8+ and been using it over a year. OnePlus is a downgrade in every department except performance and charging speed. I know OnePlus 7 series has fixed a lot of issues but camera is still not up to the mark and now Galaxies charge faster than OnePlus. The only advantage OnePlus (7 series) really has is 90 hz display and I'm pretty sure Samsung is going to put it in everything starting with S11. Samsung maybe a nanosecond slower than OnePlus or Pixel but when it comes to features and productivity, it's not even a fair comparison. For me, the whole idea of Android is that it can do more than an iPhone, a lot more. Stock android is boring for me.

2. Darckent

Posts: 97; Member since: Sep 17, 2016

Samsung will change the game with this...

3. adeelzsoomro

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 07, 2019

Definitely S12 comes with the UDC technology

4. HNIC215

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 17, 2019

This is awesome! Also, off topic but Samsung should make an iMessage competitor that can message other Samsung Galaxy phones (or all Samsung phones) similar to the way iMessage works with iPhones. Waiting for RCS to take off is such a pain in the ass.

6. saddameu

Posts: 28; Member since: Mar 26, 2017

i dont think this tech will be ready faster than galaxy s12

8. AlienKiss

Posts: 241; Member since: May 21, 2019

As someone who has stickers on all the cameras, I can assure you that I will NEVER pay for anything like this.. If they'd make the S11+ without the stupid selfish camera, I'd pre-order 2 right now! Honestly, I'd pay someone to remove it along with the GPS module ..

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