Samsung is continuing to work on a ‘borderless’ Samsung smartphone with the screen curving round the sides of the device.
Let’s Go Digital has posted online a Samsung patent that describes the following design
The front camera and associated sensors are implemented in the curved display area. To prevent this curvature causing image distortions, the flat camera module is placed with a tilt. The curved screen ensures that the whole still looks aesthetically good. The fingerprint sensor is also processed under the screen.
The camera system at the rear accommodates several camera lenses, these are implemented in the straight part of the housing, in the middle. They are placed vertically apart on the patent sketches.
However, the final design may differ from the sketches, after all it is not a design patent, but a so-called utility patent.
As always with patents, the publication of techniques and methods does not necessarily mean that the hardware will be made available to consumers. However, it could hint on the direction Samsung moving for he design of its future smartphones such as the Galaxy S11.
Rollable phone displays?
While Samsung is still figuring out how to release its Galaxy Fold, which is plagued with durability issues, the company has been awarded a patent for a phone with a rollable display.
The patent shows off a phone featuring a rollable display inside, and a top housing containing the selfie camera and earpiece that seems able to extend outward from the phone.
Of course, the technical difficulties in making such a smartphone durable enough are high, as will all phones that incorporate a foldable display and moving parts.