Classy Samsung Galaxy Note 21 renders show off curves, zero bezel, and no punch hole, hinting at under-display fingerprint scanner and front camera

Classy Samsung Galaxy Note 21 renders show off curves, zero bezel, and no punch hole, hinting at under-display fingerprint scanner and front camera

@UniverseIce’s unofficial renders (Image source: @UniverseIce)
@UniverseIce’s unofficial renders (Image source: @UniverseIce)

Tipster @UniverseIce showed off a snazzy pair of Samsung Galaxy Note 21 and Galaxy Note 21 Ultra renders. The unofficial designs showcase a zero-bezel display, with what appear to be an under-display front camera and an under-display fingerprint scanner.

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Tipster @UniverseIce shared a pair of snazzy unofficial renders for Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 21 and Galaxy Note 21 Ultra. The renders highlight a lot of the key features we expect to see in 2021 Android flagship smartphone design.

We’re fans of the rose gold backplate that’s just hinted at in the renders. But more interesting are the bezels, or almost complete absence thereof. The purported Samsung Galaxy Note 21 pictured here features sub 1-mm bezels on top and on the bottom with the Galaxy range’s signature curved sides.

Both the fingerprint scanner and front camera module are absent, suggesting that Samsung will go the in-display route for both of these parts. A number of phones, including last year’s Redmi K20 Pro, shipped with under-display fingerprint scanning technology. A few 2020 phone designs are expected to feature under-display front cameras. Oppo’s alleged refreshed Find X2 Lamborghini Edition will make use of this emerging tech.

A Galaxy Note 21 lineup with both under display cameras and under display fingerprint will bring us close to limits of standard smartphone design. Where do smartphones go from here? 

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A full-size version of the unofficial Galaxy Note 21 renders (Image source: @UniverseIce)
A full-size version of the unofficial Galaxy Note 21 renders (Image source: @UniverseIce)

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Arjun Krishna Lal

I’ve had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I’ve gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. When I’m not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.

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