Samsung patent reveals a radical new look that could be used for the Galaxy S11

Samsung patent reveals a radical new look that could be used for the Galaxy S11
Based on a patent filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (via LetsGo Digital), it would appear that Samsung is thinking about making a radical change to the design of its smartphones. The patent, filed late last year and published last week, is titled 'Electronic device with full display,' and Sammy wasn't kidding. The illustrations from the patents and the renders created by LetsGo Digital show the handset's screen curved not only on the sides but also on the top and bottom. This takes the curved screen in use on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ to another level. Also of note is the more rounded form factor of the phone illustrated in the patent.

According to the patent, phone manufacturers are limited by optical sensors and home keys when reducing the size of the bezel on a handset. The technology in the patent helps to solve that issue while the curved screen helps to improve the grip on the phone. To get the bezel-less look, the patent envisions the phone coming with an in-display fingerprint scanner; that isn't anything special these days. After all, the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ both feature an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint reader. And the front-facing sensors and cameras will be found embedded in the screen.

Will Samsung use this design for the Galaxy S11?


Recently Oppo and Xiaomi both demonstrated under-display cameras, so the technology to do this is already here. And that means that the Samsung Galaxy S11, which we would expect to be unveiled next February, could have this new look. Also, you might note that the illustrations include a vertically mounted rear camera module. This is interesting because the latest Galaxy Note 10 renders show a change from the horizontally placed housing on the Galaxy Note 9 to the vertically positioned rear cameras for the upcoming model. The renders place the cameras near the left upper edge of the rear panel.

Render from LetsGo Digital based on the illustration found in the patent

Render from LetsGo Digital based on the illustration found in the patent


Samsung's first curved edge screen was found on 2015's Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+ But the dual curves were used to disseminate information rather than offer an enhanced cinematic experience. In other words, the experience using the phone is nothing like the one users would have with the device envisioned in the patent. Phone manufacturers are pulling out the stops seeking ways to offer screens that allow as close to an edge-to-edge display as possible. The Oppo Reno has its 'shark fin' that pops out with the selfie camera and the OnePlus 7 Pro uses a popup selfie snapper.


A new render that we showed you this morning for the Galaxy Note 10 shows that Samsung is indeed moving in a direction toward the use of a four-way curved display like the one mentioned in the patent. The Galaxy Note 10 render shows an Infinity-O display (meaning that it includes a punch-hole for the selfie camera) with extremely thin side bezels and small top and bottom bezels. It doesn't take much imagination to see this design morphing into the design indicated by the patent.

Illustration from Samsung's patent

Illustration from Samsung's patent


On the other hand, companies like Samsung file a large number of patents each year and not all of them are implemented. But if Samsung were to feature this design for the Galaxy S11, would you give it a thumbs up or thumbs down?

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39 Comments

1. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1345; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Would give it a thumbs up as I like the all screen and having the top and bottom of the device'a display curve in reminds me of the old Blackberry device design that had the pressure designed click screen ( Good looking phone with poorly executed software. )

5. Bankz

Posts: 2491; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This would be sick tbh. This would be the literal definition of symmetry imo.

29. TheOracle1

Posts: 2040; Member since: May 04, 2015

For those accusing the Chinese of copying, this looks almost identical to the Honor Magic.

31. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 357; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Looks more reminiscent of the s3 pebble design

36. RoryBreaker

Posts: 195; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

Which was ugly IMO

39. oldskool50

Posts: 732; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Exactly what I was thinking.

32. AlienKiss

Posts: 48; Member since: May 21, 2019

It looks exactly like galaxy S3 or palm pre. You need a pair of glasses dude.. To be honest, I prefer boxy monolithic design. It looks and feels a lot more professional than this pebble.

35. TheOracle1

Posts: 2040; Member since: May 04, 2015

So the S3 was all screen with the radical curve? I don't think so. Shape wise perhaps.

2. kplayon

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 02, 2018

Reminds me of the palm. I like it!

9. technut

Posts: 129; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

I was thinking the exact same thing.

3. 7thlvl

Posts: 48; Member since: Dec 09, 2018

I love my S8 and my OnePlus 7 Pro but come on man stop the curved screens.

26. Ichimoku

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

especially on the Note line

4. cmdacos

Posts: 3872; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Looks good but hope the curves are a little less pronounced.

6. warrenellis93

Posts: 540; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

kinda reminds me of the s3

16. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Same it reminds me of their pebble designs.

21. MrMalignance

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

@Warrenellis93: that's the exact thing I was thinking

7. j_grouchy

Posts: 164; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

Samsung: "Your move, Whitestone Dome"

8. middlehead

Posts: 447; Member since: May 12, 2014

The day they release that is the day I stop buying Samsung.

10. Dadler22

Posts: 233; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Bring back the Palm Ergonomics!

11. Allday28

Posts: 330; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

Looks like the palm and S3 had a baby.

12. Chris_ABN

Posts: 186; Member since: May 16, 2018

Here take my money already lol

13. pramirez

Posts: 1; Member since: 4 days ago

Reminds me of the Huawei Honor Magic from a couple years back, good look though

14. Leo_MC

Posts: 6638; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I don't think it's going to happen, because of the ergonomics, but the concept is more than nice.

15. Skaare1

Posts: 1; Member since: 4 days ago

Eeeww... Looks like a bar of soap

17. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Dont use it to wash your crack it might get lodged there

18. Georgio

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Ugly as hell!!!

19. kennybenny

Posts: 204; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Kinda looks like a computer mouse to me........ Idk

20. Mike88

Posts: 120; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

If they do it in S11,, it'll be................. Wait, let them do it

22. Taquidi

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 05, 2016

Reviewers complained about the rounded back of Xperia XZ2 and XZ3, saying the phone drifted when left laying on a table. It would be interesting to see what will they say when this Galaxy does the same.

23. odachek

Posts: 115; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Futuristic feel but may not be practical in terms of touch sensitivity.

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