Tech giant, Samsung, could be getting closer to releasing the first truly ‘full screen’ smartphone.
The Korean tech giant is working on a new handset that will place cameras and sensors beneath the display, making it almost entirely edge-to-edge, according to Yonhap News Agency.
The report comes less than a month after Samsung debuted its latest line of flagship smartphones.
It’s likely to be several years before consumers see the ‘full screen’ phone, however.
‘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 Byung-duk, vice president of Samsung’s Mobile Communications R&D Group Display, said at a press briefing, according to Yonhap.
Samsung’s newest device lineup includes the Galaxy S10, which is the first smartphone to feature its futuristic ‘Infinity O’ display.
The Infinity O display is named for the hole-punch design in the upper left corner, where the selfie camera, along with other sensors, are housed.
Yang hailed the Infinity O screen as a ‘milestone’ for the company, but said it’s looking at even more boundary-pushing designs.
By moving the camera under the screen, it would remove the need for any kind of cutout on the front display.
Samsung has proven in the past that it’s capable of releasing ambitious phone designs.
At its Unpacked event in February, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Fold, making it one of the first major gadget makers to bring a folding phone to market.
That said, Samsung’s folding phone had been rumored to be in the works for several years prior to release, so it seems all the more plausible that a ‘full screen’ design will take equally, if not more, time to develop.
It’s also not the first time the company has spoken about releasing an all-screen phone.
Samsung said in a presentation last October that it was looking into several different technologies to maximize screen space, according to The Verge.
Among the other designs Samsung is considering are in-display speakers, as well as haptic feedback sensors embedded in the screen.