Samsung Galaxy S21 rumored to launch with under screen selfie camera with large sensors up to 1/2″ and OIS instead focuses on greatly enhanced image quality – a larger sensor and potentially optical image stabilization.
The rumor states that two options are being evaluated. The first is a large 1/2” sensor with OIS. That’s much larger than what the Galaxy S20 and S20+ have (1/3.2”) and larger than even S20 Ultra’s 40MP sensor (1/2.65”).
The other option will feature OIS but will use a smaller 1/2.55” sensor. “Smaller” is relative, of course, Galaxy S10’s and iPhone 11 Pro’s main cameras on the back have 1/2.55” sensors.
Both options will be a boon for low-light photography. A larger sensor captures more light while OIS allows for longer shutter speeds before hand shake becomes an issue. The size of the modules will likely be evaluated as thin phones with small bezels are in vogue. This is presumably if the under display camera proves to be non-viable.
Samsung was first to unveil patents for in-display selfie cams, but Oppo one-upped the Korean giant by presenting working phone prototypes integrating in-display cameras. While Samsung is now strongly considering to add in-display cams to the upcoming Galaxy S21 launching next year, Oppo could still be first-to-market, if its prototypes showcased last December are any indication. Trusted leaker Ice Universe revealed that Samsung could finally ditch the punch-hole selfie cameras and replace them with under display camera starting with next year’s Galaxy S-series. For now, Samsung is pondering the feasibility of the whole endeavor, but we have already seen early prototypes and patents from a few Chinese phone makers, so the Korean giant is certainly not the only one looking to innovate.
Samsung Galaxy S21 will have a delicious selfie camera like the back camera thanks to the integrated OIS feature