At the AMOLED Forum late last year, Samsung discussed under-display features, including in-display fingerprint scanners, screen sound technology, touch-sensitive areas, under-screen cameras.
This month, Samsung further confirmed that they will showcase a “full screen” look for upcoming smartphones, by embedding all sensors beneath the screen.
Galaxy’s S10 Infinity-O Display already houses its front-facing camera in a punch-hole, thereby eliminating the need for a notch or bezel.
Vice President of Samsung’s Mobile Communication R&D Group Display, Yang said that “punching a hole in the OLED display is a very challenging technology”, and they “tried the technology for Galaxy’s 10th-anniversary model and think the strategy worked as a result.”
Galaxy S10 is the only smartphone that has a hole in OLED display itself,” Yang noted. “Hole display is not one of the design options, but it is a noteworthy achievement in terms of the display technological advances.”
That is not however where the under-screen camera journey ends. Ultimately the entire screen should serve as a display until the front-facing camera is activated; at which point, the screen would become transparent and you can take a picture.
The full-screen technology is being worked on but hasn’t been perfected just yet, “though it wouldn’t be possible to make 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 said.
Yang reports that Samsung is also developing Crystal Sound OLED display, with the screen doubling as a speaker. Similar technology can also be found in LG’s G8 ThinQ.
Future smartphones will also feature the world’s first full-screen ultrasonic fingerprint reader; so you can tap your finger anywhere on the screen, rather than being restricted to a few physical pads.
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Source: Yonhap News Agency