Most smartphone companies seem to be pursuing a truly bezel-free screen, and currently the likes of the iPhone X and Essential Phone with their notches are out in front, but Samsung could soon have them beat if it makes use of a new patent.
Filed at the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), the patent shows a phone that has a fingerprint scanner, front-facing camera and sensors all embedded in the screen.
It uses holes cut into the screen itself for them and means there’s no notch and no bezels, just a screen-filled front.
There are obvious benefits to this. It would mean you could fit a big screen in a relatively small body, as well as likely making the phone more aesthetically pleasing.
Note 9 or later
But we’re probably not going to see this in a finished product for a while. Patents don’t always get used for anything anyway and when they do it can take years.
Given that Samsung and other companies are gradually shrinking bezels and that in-screen fingerprint scanners are now a thing that exists it’s believable that Samsung would be working on something along these lines, but don’t expect the Samsung Galaxy S9 to have an all-screen front, as none of the leaks point in that direction.
So the earliest we’re likely to see this is the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and even that might be optimistic.
- Samsung has also patented a phone with a wrap-around screen
Check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 below.
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James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.