Samsung provides a glimpse at future smartphone designs with new display tech

Samsung provides a glimpse at future smartphone designs with new display tech
The Galaxy Note 9, Samsung's most recent flagship

Just yesterday, sources revealed that Samsung is currently in the process of testing behind-the-display selfie cameras. Less than 24 hours later, the company has confirmed this and also revealed what other display technologies it’s working on.

At the Samsung OLED Forum conference, which was held at the Shenzhen Marriott Hotel in China and attended by around 20 customers, the South Korean giant took to the stage to reveal the four new features that will be key to its future smartphone designs. Unsurprisingly, one of the technologies mentioned was in-display fingerprint scanners. This is currently expected to make it onto the Galaxy S10 series but was most recently seen on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20 RS Porsche Design. From the looks of things, this will be paired with haptic feedback across the whole display, thus creating what is essentially a competitor to Apple’s 3D Touch.

In addition to this, Samsung is looking into solutions that will allow it to hide the in-ear speaker. While the details of Samsung’s implementation still remain unclear, the most logical solution would be a piezoelectric speaker that vibrates the smartphone’s frame in order to produce sound, as previously seen on Xiaomi's Mi Mix phones. Lastly, as mentioned above, behind-the-screen selfie cameras are in the works.

Although not all of this technology is guaranteed to arrive in next year’s Galaxy S10 or even the Galaxy Note 10, it’s certainly a step in the right direction and suggests bezel-less smartphones from Samsung could arrive sooner than originally thought.

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