Galaxy Note 21

The Galaxy Note 21 would be the first Samsung to hide the selfie sensor under the screen

Concurring clues point to the arrival of a selfie sensor under the screen of the Note 21. After a video unveiled on the sidelines of CES 2021, a Samsung patent unveils the name of the technology: UPC.

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On the sidelines of CES 2021, Samsung had published a video dedicated to the recycling program Galaxy smartphones. However, at the turn of the video, an intriguing premium smartphone appeared for a few seconds (around 2:23 in the video at the end of the article). What is striking about this unique smartphone is thatwe do not see any cutout that would hide a selfie sensor.

The thing in itself suggests that the next Note range smartphones will have a selfie sensor hidden under the screen. It wouldn’t be the first time that Samsung has teased a product in an innocent-looking promotional video. We had seen the manufacturer, for example, strip its Galaxy Fold in this way before its release.

The Note 21 would embed a “UPC” selfie sensor

But this video is not the reason for this article. A new element has indeed given credibility to the arrival of a selfie sensor under the screen. from the next member of the Note range. Let’s Go Digital reports that Samsung Display has just registered the UPC mark for this type of sensor. This acronym stands for Under Panel Camera (literally camera under the slab). We can only note that the timing is credible.

As Samsung confirms as an aside, the manufacturer is indeed preparing to launch the Note 21 later this year. The patent also specifies that the UPC mark can also designate a smartphone screen. Which is rather interesting, because so far Samsung was slipping its under-display sensor technology ready but only for PCs.

Few other manufacturers have dared to pioneer this technology. Oppo and Xiaomi, for example, contented themselves with showing that it was possible. In fact the only one to have really had the courage, it is ZTE with its Axon 20 5G. The sensor does the job, but it comes at the cost of a rather poor quality for such a recent and premium smartphone.

It remains to be seen whether Samsung will launch this technology directly on the Note 21 – or whether the manufacturer first prefers to try the experience on a mid-range before offering it on the most premium segment.

Source: Let’s Go Digital