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.