The flagship smartphone Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 was the first in the world to receive a sub-screen camera hidden under a flexible OLED display. Although this approach had some downsides, Samsung uses the same solution in the current Galaxy Z Fold 4 model – so far only these gadgets have hidden cameras under flexible screens. However, things could change dramatically in the near future.
BOE, Huawei and ZTE have teamed up to develop a flexible OLED display for smartphones that allows the front camera to fit underneath. According to reports, the display will debut in the Huawei Mate X4. Above all, the new development of the three Chinese companies seems to be qualitatively better than the variants used by Samsung in the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 4 and lacks some of the flaws characteristic of these models.
According to network whistleblower Digital Chat Station, known for its accurate data, the new display, codenamed Q8, is believed to support a resolution of 2480 × 1116 pixels and a PWM frequency of up to 1440 Hz. According to the whistleblower, the panel has already been used on a Huawei device shown, but it is produced by BOE using ZTE technologies. The informant also published a photo of the model.
It is well known that the quality of the images captured by the under-display cameras of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 4 leaves a lot to be desired compared to traditional selfie modules. In addition, the camera unit placed under the display is sometimes even visible to the naked eye. According to the leak, the Q8 panel doesn’t have these issues. If that’s true, in the near future there will be more and more devices with flexible screens – without round or teardrop-shaped cutouts.
For Samsung, the arrival of the Q8 OLED promises to intensify competition as there is still no data to suggest that the shortcomings of OLED and cameras in current-gen flexible smartphones will be addressed by the manufacturer in the Galaxy Z Fold 5. This means that the recordings may still be of poor quality, and that part of the display located above the camera is likely to suffer from the “pixelation” characteristic of most models with cameras below the screen. In that case, the Huawei Mate X4 might be a lot better than its South Korean competitor. However, the debut of flexible Huawei Mate X3 has not happened yet, it is expected on May 9th.