Samsung working to embed camera and fingerprint sensor into a smartphone's display

Samsung working to embed camera and fingerprint sensor into a smartphone's display

Samsung working to embed camera and fingerprint sensor into a smartphone's display

The idea of on-screen features isn't new. But a Samsung patent suggests the company is hoping to go one step further, and actually embed the camera and other sensors into the screen itself ...

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) document is aptly titled "electronic apparatus having a hole area within screen and control method thereof", envisioning a mobile device of the future with, well, holes drilled in the actual display to accommodate "a camera, a receiver, a sensor positioned on an upper end of a front side or a home button positioned on a lower end of a front side, etc". In fact, we've only been waiting for it. However, such technology isn't fully ready yet so we have a feeling we won't see this patent become a reality this year.

Some of the diagrams also display text automatically wrapping around the embedded elements, which is sure to assuage readability and visibility concerns.

Showing in the image above you get a closer look at what parts of the UI would look like at the top edge of the display.

This way the screen has an almost 100% screen to body ratio and it looks much cleaner as the edges are not disrupted. They are just concepts so don't expect any related announcement anytime soon.

Fingerprint readers were pushed to the back by shrinking bezels but may return to the front, except theyll live below the screen.

With more and more of the high-end flagships - and even some mid-range phones - opting for a near bezel-less display - there's far less room to include the necessary components like a fingerprint scanner or camera.

We don't think this is for the Samsung Galaxy S9 duo but it can be of the Galaxy Note 9.

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