Samsung's Infinity-O display patents reveal the eventual Galaxy S10 design, hole to be drilled with lasers

Samsung's Infinity-O display patents reveal the eventual Galaxy S10 design, hole to be drilled with lasers
The World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) in the Hague has an interesting Samsung entry in its database that will now be automatically accepted in 70 countries as a unique design patent. 

Unearthed by LetsGoDigital, most of the design sketches depict a phone with a hole in the display that will house the selfie camera which differ in the way their corners are rounded. Given that the Galaxy S10 is heavily rumored to employ exactly such a design (Samsung calls it Infinity-O), these might be the approaches Samsung will take with the various S10 models' designs. 

The fun part is that on most of these images, the hole-in-display camera is placed at the left, except on the J-L schematics which are said to be of a separate design patent filing. How will Samsung manage to pierce through the OLED display and still show uninterrupted imagery around the Hole In Active Area (HIAA) concept?

Korean media is reporting that it will be employing laser drilling between the OLED deposition and thin-film encapsulation (TFE) processes. The process is more challening to do with Samsung's flexible OLED displays that use plastic instead of glass substrate, as the hole's circumference has to be sealed separately against oxygen and moisture to prevent LED deterioration. 

Still, if anyone could do it easily, Samsung wouldn't be unique in employing it on its signature flexible OLED screens, and the Galaxy S10 is an anniversary edition of the famed S-line that needs to be unique.

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16 Comments

1. Hollowmost

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

There is no sensors ?

2. Cat97

Posts: 1890; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The notification LED seems to be gone. But maybe they will surprise us. A flat screen variant would be really nice.

3. MrFreeman

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 29, 2016

Tbh I stopped using the notification LED and instead tried the always on display alone, works better for me and I'm sure others have too. Not a complete deal breaker.

10. BryThaPhoneGuy

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 05, 2018

I use both. But I might start practicing your method just in case they do get rid of the notification LED.

4. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

You have Always On Display , LED is useless ..

5. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

A-hole for Samsung... not good looking

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4198; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Could be a lot worse, could be a unibrow. Still holes are as bad as notches... That I agree with. (not agreeing with this girl ^ though...)

9. Tipus

Posts: 868; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Still thinking about a-hole? :))

11. BryThaPhoneGuy

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 05, 2018

I take it you know what a good looking A-hole looks like.

7. _deeuk

Posts: 48; Member since: Nov 06, 2018

When will people stop moaning about notches or holes, if u want a full screen then go make it urself. Jeeze. U all moaned about large screens once apon a time now the notches or holes. U all moan but buy them anyways... ur never satisfied. Im not even sure why u lot come on these sites, u only get to much stress and disappointment lool. Doh

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4198; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

There are many options for full screen without an impeding notch or hole if anyone chooses. Doesn't mean we can't put pressure on the larger companies to do it at scale.

12. _deeuk

Posts: 48; Member since: Nov 06, 2018

And they will use them options in time so they can continue making money in future phones, if they do the latest tech straight away then they wont make profits in future phones. People moan about things soon as its released.

13. Nionx

Posts: 203; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

I prefer this solution over an overbearing notch. It's clean and unobtrusive. Still waiting for the under screen front facing camera, it this will do fine until they perfect that Technology.

14. RangoX

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

"unobtrusive" is yet to be seen, I wonder how that hole won't interfere with bars, menus, etc.

15. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Hole at side look freaking annoying. If want hole, put at center better.

16. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

That design is beautiful. But it does bring into question... they’re not only going to have to optimize their first-party software and user interface to work around this; but what about third party apps?

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