Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 to Feature Under-display Camera, S-pen Support and More, New Patent Reveals

Faisal Rasool

The next generation of Korean foldable devices, which includes the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, is set to launch at the Galaxy Unpacked event slated for August. Official promos won’t be out for weeks, but the rumor mill has already given us some promising leads. A reliable European publication reported the many game-changing upgrades the Z Fold 3 has in store.

Courtesy of LetsGoDigital, a patent sketch allegedly belonging to the successor of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 was leaked online. Samsung filed the patent in November last year. It was then approved and made public under the name “Portable communication device including display” earlier this month. 

Going by this documentation, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 appears to sport an under-display camera. The components of this setup — the sensor and light-emitting elements — are located off-center. It’s presumably a 16MP sensor made by Sony.

This innovative tech leaves Samsung’s so-called Ultra-Thin Glass free of any unsightly camera cutouts. If the new S-line is any guide, the Z Fold 3 will be the first in the Samsung price list to offer an edge-to-edge visual experience. The side-facing thumbprint reader that has been part of both Galaxy Folds will also be lopped off.

The fingerprint scanner has been moved under the screen too. It lives in the right half of the display, which would require you to unfold the device to unlock it. Naturally, it’s not the most practical solution for a device with a full-blown cover display.

Samsung previously went on record to say that they will be expanding their S-pen to more flagships. Following the Galaxy S21 Ultra, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is next in line to get support for the iconic stylus.


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