Galaxy S9 may come with air quality warning system as Samsung patents environmental sensor

Sensors that measure air quality by detecting various particles in the ether are either too small to be accurate, or too bulky to fit in a smartphone. Samsung, however, has patented a so-called "environmental sensor" that is combining the best of both worlds by creating one that is small enough to get into the next flagship Galaxy phone, yet returns sufficiently credible readings. 

How did Samsung achieve this? It flattened the sensor, and managed to incorporate it into the display substrate. Thus, while having a bit larger footprint than stacked sensors, the new one manages to be of a suitable smartphone component height. The contraption can measire different size and amount of harmful particles in the air, though how ecatly air will reach the display's glass or plastic (in the case of flexible AMOLEDs) substrate itself, remains to be seen. 

There's no guarantee that we will see an air quality warning system as soon as the Galaxy S9, of course, but usually with Samsung when the patents for these things are posted for public view, their launch in a retail device is not far away. After all, the application for the patent has been done a year and a half ago, and Samsung is no stranger to employing various barometer and UV sensors in its flagships.

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1. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Well don't bring that near me. I farts A LOT.

2. dubaiboy78

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Samsung called it gimmick but innovation for apple! -iphonearena movessss

5. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

That wasn't even the original title. He changed it. Because when I first came on the page it said something else. Something like, "S9 to come with air quality sensor....according to a new Samsung patent." He purposely changed it, because he's Victor H's *^%$#

3. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

So when I first opened the page, the title said, the S9 could have an air quality sensor....Samsung patent. Then I refreshed and the changed the title to this?! So is the VH influence needed for every writer? Also, in "some" country's where they don't have Environmental Protection Agencies like the US does, it would be helpful in places like China, where pollution is rampant. So saying its gimmicky, simply because you don't need it or can use it, is ridiculous. But if APple had did it, they would be shown love vs hate. Amazing that all the writers here have to act like Victor H to have a job?

4. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017


6. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

"gimmick" Subtlety of a water buffalo during mating season.

7. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Title edited again ....

8. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Samsung this morning anounced two new camera Sensors ( isocell fast and slim why don't you post it instead of this gimmick feature ??

9. ahmadkun

Posts: 691; Member since: May 02, 2016

Samsung leading the tech world .. their fans always looking for more so samsung feels the responsibility of it and responds to them .. unlike others rather bringing new stuff they keep removing useful stuff ..

10. ahmadkun

Posts: 691; Member since: May 02, 2016

So why you changed the title now ?

17. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Cause he got called out for it.

11. pendragon0202

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

It could be a gimmick to many, but for people in China and Korea where fine dust and air quality is a big concern, it may be something actually useful.

13. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

I’ll probably and hopefully never use this but sure why not, if they want this to eat into their profit margins to be the first one to include one, sure. Just don’t charge us for nothing like Apple does.

14. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I would appreciate samsung if they bring back the infra red blaster. I don't need this freak-a$$ sensor.

15. AronWunarso

Posts: 245; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Well, it isn't for you. Its for other people where there is a pollution.

16. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Haha. He changed the title back to how he had it!!!! HAHAHA Amazing

18. chenski

Posts: 789; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Agreed this is quite gimmicky, but I suppose smartphone industry has reached a plateu in innovation. Looking forward to huaweis skynet

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