Samsung’s upcoming phones will have a completely invisible camera hole, report

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March 15, 2019
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The South Korean tech giant Samsung and the matchless screen provider in the world, has done a beautiful job by inducing a hole in the OLED panel of its Galaxy S10 series for the first time in smartphone chronicles. Well, now the largest phone maker in the world is becoming more ambitious by making that small hole for front cameras completely invisible.

According to a report by Korean Yonhap News Agency, Samsung is working to make phone displays where the selfie camera completely hides under the display, similar to what we have seen in under-display fingerprint scanner of Vivo X20 Plus UD and Samsung’s own Galaxy S10 series smartphones.

Samsung’s main focus is to build to a full-screen smartphone, in which the camera and all the required front-facing sensors, such as the earpiece speaker, are mounted under the screen. Yang Byung-duk, Samsung’s vice president of the mobile communication display R&D group recently told Yonhap News;

Punching a hole in the OLED display is a very challenging technology. We tried the technology for Galaxy’s 10th-anniversary model and think the strategy worked as a result. 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.”

Regardless of Samsung’s ambition, it has become quite rare for Samsung to be the first in the industry to launch new technologies such as these. Many other Chinese-made phones had introduced in-display fingerprint sensors before the feature made its way to Samsung’s flagship. Similarly, Honor’s View 20 was the first phone to have a hole-punch display for the front camera (however, as Yang notes, the Galaxy S10 was the first to do this with an OLED panel).

Samsung‘s VP for Display R&D has not shared any further details about when the company’s “perfect full-screen” smartphone might be ready, except to say it won’t be ready within the next one or two years. Nevertheless, Yang has left us quite excited for what the future holds.

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