The Galaxy Fold 2 could have this divisive camera feature
According to new leaks, the foldable will arrive in July and come with an under-display camera. A lot of people are fans of the invisible lens set-up, but others have pointed out that it could have negative effects on screen-quality.
The fresh rumours come from reliable tipster @UniverseIce, who claims to have been given the info by a Korean source.
If all this info is correct, the Galaxy Fold 2’s screen would no longer be interrupted by any punch hole or cut-outs – you could have a completely notch-free display that measures over 7-inches and folds up into a neat package.
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Samsung isn’t the first company to dabble with a hidden camera. Oppo demonstrated an under-screen camera at the MWC Shanghai trade show in China last year. There are rumours that Nokia is working on tech along the same lines. And OnePlus has developed a strip of disappearing cameras on a phone too.
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When Oppo demonstrated its new camera, you could spot the small patch of screen which was concealing the lens. In fairness, this didn’t seem to degrade the overall moving image quality, but this explains why some people are reluctant to embrace the new feature. It’s certainly possible that an under-screen camera could affect the screen if its presence disrupted the finish and material
But for now it’s probably best to take the camera rumours with a pinch of salt. It would be a bit off-brand for Samsung to release a new bit of tech on a flagship phone, as the company tends to test out new features on its sub-flagship Galaxy A-Series handsets. If you cast your mind back, these were the first Samsung phones to nab the in-display finger-print sensor and hole punch-style camera notch.