At an exclusive event for twenty corporate customers at the Marriott Hotel in Shenzhen, China, Samsung revealed a new technology milestone that could enable the Galaxy S10’s radical new design: a display that allows front cameras to poke through without the need for a notch.
Samsung are said to have developed a display with four underlying technologies built into its AMOLED core that would allow the hideous notch to be removed and introduce a truly edge to edge display.
The four components said to be included are:
- Finger-on-Display (FoD) for finger print reading
- Sound-on-Display (SoD) which emits sound without speakers
- Haptics-on-Display (HoD) for localized feedback aimed at gaming.
- Camera/Image sensors for photography and depth sensing.
Speculation of how the screen works is the AMOLED being able to make areas of the screen transparent/translucent to allow sensors to operate beneath it, but little is really known beyond the single leaked slide below.
It’s also unclear whether we can expect the upcoming Galaxy S10 to include the display or not. It looks like, at this stage, the tech is in heavy development but whether or not its at a mass production level is yet to be seen.
All I know is that I’m yet to own a “notch” based smartphone and it looks like, given I haven’t upgraded again, I may never have that burden.