Samsung Display has released a teaser for its under-screen camera technology for laptops, known as the Samsung Blade Bezel. on his Weibo page. It promises that “UPC” (Under Panel Camera) technology can shrink the frame of a laptop without moving the webcam, and that the OLED display itself will be both thinner and lighter. However, there is no mention of the technology’s impact on webcam image quality, which has become increasingly important in the age of social distancing.
Last year we saw the first smartphone with a selfie camera under the display in stores. The ZTE Axon 20 5G The implementation of the function just wasn’t very good. The quality of the selfie camera photos was poor, and the part of the display that covered the camera suffered from a much lower resolution than the rest of the screen.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Samsung Display’s plans for lower deck cameras. However, so far, attention has focused on its use in smartphones, where manufacturers have been obsessed with downsizing the faceplate in recent years. Samsung Display mentioned the under-display camera technology back in 2018 during a presentation On the future of phone design, and the following year, an executive said the technology could be ready for use in smartphones. “in the next 1-2 years.”
Wow ⊙∀⊙! Samsung Display unveils its under-display camera technology, first used on OLED notebook screens pic.twitter.com/Fu4Ublvsru
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Now the technology seems to be geared towards laptops too, where smaller frames are possible without having to move the webcam under the screen. That is the approach of Huawei MateBook X Pro That has small screen bezels thanks to a webcam built into its keyboard. Unfortunately, this placement means that ideally the webcam will be pointed at you from a very small angle You want it to be positioned at eye level. The Dell XPS 13 has a small bezel that’s still big enough for a webcam, but the quality of the camera isn’t particularly good.
While the technology could make for better looking laptops, it’s unlikely to add much to the image quality of the built-in webcams themselves, which continue to suffer stubbornly inferior despite its sudden importance at the age of COVID-19. Ultimately, laptops with better webcams are like that Pixelbook Go or Surface laptop 3tend to have larger bezels that are required to accommodate more powerful imaging components.
Samsung Display offers panels for various manufacturers. That means Samsung Blade Bezel technology can be used in laptops across the industry rather than being limited to Samsung-owned devices. However, today’s teaser doesn’t mention when the first laptop with this technology might be released.
When a camera could appear under the display in Samsung’s smartphones has recently been published Report from The Elec suggested it could make its debut in the company’s third generation fold.