Samsung are already planning on dropping the punch-hole camera which they added to their Galaxy S10 range.
According to reports, the new innovation will be soon classed as old tech, with the South Korean firm making a screen that will have a selfie camera underneath it. Moving cameras and sensors underneath screens will help to create the ‘perfect full-screen device’.
Moving the camera under the screen would mean that any cutout on the front of the display would be unnecessary. The company has also considered designing a smartphone with in-display sensors, according to the Daily Mail.
The report from the Yonhap News Agency claims that it will be a year or two before we ever see this screen be used in Samsung smartphones. The announcement comes as a bit of a surprise, considering it was only last month that the latest line of smartphones debuted the Infinity O display.
It’s called the Infinity O screen after the hole-punch design which is in the top left corner of the screen. It’s where the selfie camera and sensors are kept, replacing the need for the notch which appeared at the top of the Galaxy S9.
Yang Byung-duk, vice president of Samsung’s Mobile Communications R&D Group Display, spoke at a press briefing attended by Yonhap:
Though it wouldn’t be possible to make (a full-screen smartphone) in the next 1-2 years, the technology can move forward to the point where the camera hole will be invisible, while not affecting the camera’s function in any way.
Yang also said the Infinity O screen was a ‘milestone’ for the company, but said it’s looking at even more boundary-pushing designs.
The latest groundbreaking idea wouldn’t be the first time the company has come out with something ambitious.
At their Unpacked event in February, the company announced the world’s first consumer-ready foldable smartphone. The Galaxy Fold wowed audiences with its 4.6-inch screen that unfolds to become a 7.3-inch tablet. The device is being introduced to the market at $1,980.
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