Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Samsung launching Galaxy Z Fold 3 with S Pen – Note discontinued

Samsung Electronics confirmed the release of a new foldable phone’Galaxy Z Fold 3 (tentative name)’ in June of next year, and started developing final samples for mass production. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is developed as a premium smartphone that combines the latest terminal technologies of Samsung Electronics, such as S Pen (electronic pen) and UDC (Under Display Camera).

According to a Samsung Group official on the 22nd, Samsung Electronics decided to release the Galaxy Z Fold 3 in June next year earlier last week and entered the final test to confirm the specifications of the mass-produced terminal.

Samsung Electronics has confirmed that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will be equipped with the S Pen, a feature of the existing Galaxy Note series. Beyond simply mounting the S Pen, it has the character of a terminal that replaces the notebook series by adding an S Pen slot to accommodate the S Pen in the product. As the S Pen technology is applied to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy S21 Ultra (tentative name), the Note series will be discontinued.

Samsung Electronics put a lot of effort into applying the S Pen to the Fold series, seeing that the user experience (UX) will be maximized by combining the S Pen with the large screen of the Fold series. Although it succeeded in mounting an in-screen digitizer to recognize the S Pen, it was difficult to develop a cover glass (tempered glass) that prevents scratches when the S Pen and the screen touch, so the S Pen was not installed on the Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Fold 2. I didn’t.

However, preparations for mounting the S Pen were carried out, such as replacing the screen cover material of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 from transparent polyimide (CPI) film to ultra thin glass (UTG). Even after changing from plastic to tempered glass, the number of folds and unfolds remained the same. Next, Samsung Display and its subsidiary Dowoo Insys developed and delivered the second-generation UTG that applied its own cover glass technology, making it possible to realize the plan to mount the S Pen on the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

In addition, Samsung Electronics plans to apply UDC to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 to provide a true full screen experience like a tablet PC. The previous Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Fold 2 were equipped with a notch display with a single side of the screen and a punch hole display with a small hole to mount a front camera. It provides the same screen experience as a tablet PC, but there is no way to see the camera hole in the corner of the screen.

UDC is a technology that allows you to take pictures without a camera hole by placing a camera under the OLED screen. Samsung Electronics and Samsung Display plan to apply a special technology that allows light to pass through and take pictures by spreading the gap between pixels in the part where the front camera is placed.

Initially, Samsung Electronics planned to apply a pop-up camera that pops out on top of the product only when the camera is normally hidden and used to provide a full-screen experience in the Fold series. However, the pop-up camera method is not good for the user experience due to frequent breakdowns, and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 has turned to UDC as there is a need to show off its unrivaled technology to the world.

However, as UDC has a technical difficulty of deteriorating the quality of screens and photos, industry officials explained that if the final result adversely affects the user experience, it may be excluded from the actual Galaxy Z Fold 3 mass production.

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