Samsung is working to put a selfie camera underneath a phone's screen

Ruben Fields
March 15, 2019

Infinity-O displays are just a stop along the way to proper full-screen phones – ones with no notches or punch holes, just screen.

It's likely to be several years before consumers see the "full screen" phone, however. Apparently not as Samsung is now working to remove it by completely hiding front-facing cameras behind the display. But that was just the beginning as Samsung is working on completely eliminating the punch-hole by moving the camera under the display. Samsung's most recent Galaxy S10 family of smartphones (read our review here), which were announced last month, fully embrace their punch hole "Infinity-O" display. While the company can place the selfie camera under the OLED panel even with the existing technology, the image quality takes a serious hit. He admitted the technology could take over two years to develop, reports the news agency.

"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", he said. While Samsung is attempting to manufacture a ideal display, other OEMs have been trying to eliminate ports and buttons for a more seamless design.

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However, as Samsung said, placing camera sensors beneath the display is a little tricky and the company will need more time to flawless its design and engineering process.

Samsung is also reportedly looking at Crystal Sound OLED display technology, where the display in a smartphone can double up as a speaker.

It's also not the first time the company has spoken about releasing an all-screen phone.

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