We have seen a lot of smartphone manufacturers come out with a lot of devices in recent years which claim to be fully bezel-less. Though some of them like the Vivo Nex, Apex and few other smartphones like the upcoming OnePlus 7 Pro would definitely have bezel-less displays. But they make certain sacrifices in order to achieve such a form factor. Often it’s in the form of a pop-up front camera or a slider design. Any smartphone design which involves mechanical moving parts is always at a heightened risk of failure. Hence, we are still somewhat far from a truly bezel-less smartphone. But now there’s news that Samsung hidden camera under the screen tech is in works for one of their upcoming future phones.
Samsung Hidden camera tech: The lowdown!
At the AMOLED Forum at the end of last year, Samsung discussed the functions of the on-screen display, including an in-display fingerprint scanner, screen sound technology, touch sensitive area and an under-screen camera.
In April 2019, Samsung further confirmed that they would showcase the “full screen” look of the upcoming smartphone by embedding all the sensors at the bottom of the screen.
The Samsung S10’s Infinity-O display has its front camera mounted in the hole punch, so there is no need to use notched display or waterdrop notch.
Yang, vice president of Samsung Mobile Communications R&D Group, said,
“Drilling holes in OLED displays is a very challenging technology. They have tried the technology on the Galaxy 10th Anniversary model and believe that the strategy is effective.”
The Samsung Galaxy S10 has a hole punch notch on the OLED display.
Yang said, “The punch display is one of the design choices, but it is a noteworthy achievement in terms of advances in display technology.”
However, this is not the end of the camera journey under the screen. Eventually, the entire screen should act as a display until the front camera is activated. At this point, the screen becomes transparent and you can still take photos.
Really comprehensive screen technology is under study, but not yet perfect.
“Although it is impossible to achieve this in the next 1-2 years, the technology can move forward to the point where the camera hole is not visible and does not affect the camera’s function in any way.” Yang said.
Samsung’s under display hidden camera technology: What’s done already?
According to reports, Samsung is also developing a Crystal Sound OLED display with its screen as a speaker. A similar sound emitting technique can be found on the LG G8 ThinQ.
The future Samsung smartphone will also be equipped with the world’s first full-screen ultrasonic fingerprint reader. So you can unlock your phone from anywhere on the screen, not just to an area.
As we covered yesterday, recent iPhone patents too show that Apple is working towards an all-screen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. Who is first in this race is something which is yet to be seen! But almost all of us are waiting with bated breath to find out who wins this race!
So what do you think? Would Samsung be able to achieve such a breakthrough in time for the next Galaxy flagship smartphone launch? Or would we have to wait for at least two-three generations before we get to see a truly bezel-less smartphone! Do let us know in the comments section below!
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