Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Samsung wants to eliminate unsightly cutouts, integrate selfie cameras under the display

Samsung wants to eliminate unsightly cutouts, integrate selfie cameras under the display

With its new Galaxy S10 lineup, Samsung has got very close to designing a phone with a screen that extends seamlessly from edge-to-edge. To counter this, Samsung is now working on display technology that would allow it to make a truly "full screen" smartphone with no notches or punch hole cutouts.

Speaking to Yonhap News Agency, Samsung's vice president for R&D, Yang Byung-duk, said the company's Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED screen used in the S10 is "a noteworthy achievement" for smartphone displays, but the company's exploring full-screen displays without any cutouts. Maybe Samsung. Like in-display fingerprint sensors, Samsung says it's working to embed the selfie camera underneath the screen for future phones. Some have experimented with pop-up cameras but Samsung's idea of integrating the necessary equipment into the display seems feels like the right way forward.

Samsung is also considering developing an OLED display technology that allows the screen to double as a speaker, thus potentially eliminating the need for an earpiece cutout.

Apple, Google, and other phone makers have worked around this problem in the past by adding a larger cutout located near the top of the phone, which is now commonly referenced as a notch.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) is reportedly receiving its stable Android 9.0 Pie update in Russian Federation.

For now, Samsung will continue churning out displays with punch-hole cameras and perhaps one day, the Korean manufacturer will have its "Eureka" moment when it finally perfects that all-screen design. The Korea-based electronics giant showed off its flexible display technology as far back as 2013, but only debuted its first foldable phone in 2019.

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