Samsung reportedly testing prototypes with behind-the-display selfie cameras

Samsung reportedly testing prototypes with behind-the-display selfie cameras
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with a more traditional selfie camera implementation

In addition to a higher screen-to-body ratio, Samsung’s 2019 flagships are set to make the move over to in-display fingerprint scanners. According to a new report, however, it seems the company is already testing out the next-step in smartphone designs.

With current smartphones, the need for front-facing cameras and other sensors means that either a bezel or a pop-out module is required. Unsurprisingly, Samsung isn’t a fan of the latter solution, but also isn’t too keen on implementing notches. Because of this, the company is reportedly testing a few prototypes at the moment that make use of behind-the-screen selfie cameras.

This tech is currently in the very early stages of development, so an implementation in commercial products is still a way off. However, if the South Korean giant’s tests go to plan, it’s claimed that they could arrive in smartphones during 2020, which means the Galaxy S11 would be the earliest candidate. However, if there are any issues with quality, this could easily be pushed back to the Galaxy S12. After all, the Galaxy Note 11 is expected to follow in the footsteps of that year’s Galaxy S release when it comes to design.

As Samsung and other smartphone manufacturers aim for completely bezel-less designs, behind-the-screen implementations for sensors are a necessity for companies that want to avoid the possible reliability issues that come with slidable or pop-out designs. At the moment, though, the focus appears to be reducing the size of bezels and notches.



1. JMartin22

Posts: 2387; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

This is great news to hear. With more lousy Chinese phones trying to crack into the premium market and Apple pushing forward with their hardware, it’s great to see Samsung putting in the necessary R&D to showcase why it’s been a market leader for all these years and the 2nd most profitable phone maker.

2. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Yes. The full screen phone is coming.


Posts: 654; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Interesting idea.. Not sure how great that'll turn out with fingerprints on the screen. I'm all for nearly bezel-less phones, as for notches though - Less notch = an improvement. No notch = top notch!

4. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

I guess all OEMs are doing the same thing. All screen display.

5. Alcyone

Posts: 566; Member since: May 10, 2018

I'd say it'd be revolutionary. But, I'd probably be wrong in the eyes of iPhone fans. Cause, it ain't revolutionary until Apple does it. Btw, was a 5s user, until the battery fiasco (unacceptable).

6. dimas

Posts: 3414; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

In-display camera will be awesome. Give us frosted back glass and huge battery for the smaller s10, samsung. I'm tired of slippery smooth back, time to ditch it. Make the competition healthy and make huawei/ apple feel that their designs are obsolete.

7. Wazupmrg

Posts: 198; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Samsung leading the charge again with innovation. Meanwhile, Apple still figuring out that dual wireless charging pad thing. Lol

8. Demo-jay

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 13, 2018

Well it ain’t like other manufacturers haven’t thought of it or ain’t trying the same..what matters is who firstly announced it huh

9. alligator

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

IMO this trend to reach a bezel-less design will end very soon. It is the same as the one with the most thinner phone. No one is saying right now that they are phone is 0.1 mm thinner than previous year. It is very nice to have thinner phone but the battery size is something which has to be considered as well. The bezel-less design is not something that everyone wants to have. I prefer to have very slim bezels with some hardware inside instead of no bezel and some technologies behind the screen and a hidden notch under the screen.

10. Landon

Posts: 1247; Member since: May 07, 2015

I agree in that the thinner phone trend died off and companies started realizing battery life is more important, but with the slim bezel design, I can't see companies reverting back to thicker bezels. It's very rare that a company released a phone with thicker bezels than its predecessor. The bezel-less design obviously has limits and they're getting close to hitting that, so hopefully there's some new battery technology (solid-state?) that will finally make its way onto our smartphones to drastically improve battery life.

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