2017 was all about the iPhone X, the year began with rumors about this new bezel-less phone by Apple and after the launch, the iPhone X turned into a status quo upgrade for many. It was arguably the most revolutionary design refresh on an iPhone by Apple and thus they opted for a bezel-less display on the iPhone X. In order to save the space, Apple also ditched the erstwhile TouchID and debuted the FaceID. Apart from all the new stuff Apple had to offer, there was one quirk that didn’t go well with many, the display notch.
Thanks to FaceID, iPhone X features a notch (some prefer to call it an island!) that houses the hardware required for image recognition. The problem is that the notch encroaches into the center top of the display and this has caused quite a lot of issue with apps and overall experience. Meanwhile, Samsung’s new patent seems to be offering a solution to this problem.
Samsung has always been innovative when it comes to displays. They were the first ones to taste success with an “Edge” display and they also spearheaded the bezel-less revolution with the “Infinity Display” on the Samsung Galaxy S8. A recent patent filing also depicts how Samsung is likely to come up with a touchscreen that folds into the half.
Moving on, Samsung’s patent shows how they can use tiny holes can be used to house the sensors and hardware. With this in place, Samsung would embed the front-facing camera sensors along with the other hardware like face detection and speakers directly into the screen. If this patent materializes, Samsung will be able to achieve a screen to body ratio in the vicinity of 100 percent. That being said, the holes would still appear but won’t look as prominent as a notch. Samsung is known for producing smartphones with a higher body to screen ratio and it won’t be surprised if they implement the patent in their upcoming lineups.