Samsung's smartphones could eventually include sensor holes in their frames

Samsung's smartphones could eventually include sensor holes in their frames
Illustration based on the patent

Samsung’s next major release looks set to adopt a tall 19.5:9 display complete with a small hole that will house the front-facing camera. This leaves essentially no room for the other necessary sensors but, from the looks of a new patent, Samsung may have already found a solution.

Samsung's smartphones could eventually include sensor holes in their frames
Filed back in April of this year and granted quite recently, the company’s latest patent envisions a device that includes a number of tiny holes along the top portion of the metal frame. These would then be used to accommodate the various other elements that are necessary such as the proximity sensor, the in-ear speaker, the 3D facial recognition unit and more. As not every sensor is the same size, however, some holes can be made bigger than others. Also, in the hope of keeping things looking sleek, the holes would be arranged by size.

In this particular patent, the device envisioned also uses a notch. But considering the company has continued to mock the feature and the fact that its next major release may use display holes, it’s extremely unlikely Samsung will introduce the feature on its smartphones.

Considering the Samsung Galaxy S10 is expected to adopt a tall 19.5:9 display too, there will presumably be very little room left for a bezel above and below the display. If this is indeed the case, it certainly wouldn’t be surprising to see the South Korean giant make use of this patent.

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31 Comments

1. Papa_Ji

Posts: 760; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

S10 will destroy all toys.

6. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Not if they keep using the pointless curved screen and they update crapwiz

10. DRS1977

Posts: 678; Member since: May 27, 2015

You are living in the past, TouchWiz died a long long time ago.

21. Phullofphil

Posts: 1732; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

It will always be touch wiz to me. You all act like they are innovators. There a little bit but really they are a copy cat company that made it of the back of others ideas. But of coarse you only Remeber back to 2015

29. TheOracle1

Posts: 1812; Member since: May 04, 2015

Samsung is a copycat company? They all copy and adopt various trends. But at least Samsung TRY to innovate, especially with their designs, unlike another company I won't mention.

14. iushnt

Posts: 3035; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Someone doesn’t know about touchwiz and comments..

11. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Samsung is in a bad situation that chinese iphone copycat are good in terms of design and specs.

13. cmdacos

Posts: 3742; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

If you could string together a coherent sentence you would be dangerous...

22. Phullofphil

Posts: 1732; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Maybe English is a second language.

23. Phullofphil

Posts: 1732; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Maybe English is a second language.

2. Jrod99

Posts: 674; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Samsung shouldn’t do a notch. Too much marketing against it.

3. panrt321

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 23, 2018

Notch!! Haha

4. Fred3

Posts: 302; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I'm not believing any of thses until the phone comes out or we see a leak because it's too many "so called" pictures of how the S10 will look. Your hear it will be under the screen or it might have just a hole like the other Galaxy phone comming out

5. Panzer

Posts: 270; Member since: May 13, 2016

I thought they would bring up this teaser about the Galaxy A8. https://www.sammobile.com/2018/10/24/samsung-notch-free-phone-display-hole

9. joshuaswingle

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

7. kryme

Posts: 463; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Lol hahaha would u look at that!!!! A notch!!!! And a chin... I guess they cant figure out how to get rid of the chin... how long have they been doing oled screens again???

18. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

They do know how. Ever thought that maybe they dont want too? Just like they dont wanna drop the Jack. They dont wanna use a nitxh and that is why they are exploring other options. Samsung knows they aren't Apple. Samsung cantvswll stupid productsbto their customers. See how the S6 suffered sells when Samsung removed the sdcard and no waterproofing vs the S5. See they fixed it right away with the S7. They dont have to do what everyone else us doing. Apple didn't. Why can't Samsung also? Then you will be the first to criticize them for using the same design over and over, when that's all Apple does. You can't have it both ways. Pick one!!!

27. Phullofphil

Posts: 1732; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Anybody that is now wanting a notch and a chin on your phone because Samsung might do it now is really embarrassing. Why would you want a chin. Come on we could have been past this hurdle two years ago.

20. worldpeace

Posts: 3075; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Are you idiot? Of course they know how to get rid of the chin, they make the screen for iPhone X, XS, and XS Plus.

24. Phullofphil

Posts: 1732; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

They make the screen not install it into the phone. That don’t mean anything dude

25. Phullofphil

Posts: 1732; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Your an idiot? Stop the crap name calling.

8. LEEDAQ

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

Adding the notch and keeping the chin and removing 3.5mm. Samsung will make a masterpiece

12. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

This will just make repairing phones that much harder. Not a fan

19. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Really? You mean by you? Someone can repair them. For what Applw charts doe repairs, you can just buy a new one. Unlike what others charge. Why would I pay $300-600 to fix a phonez when I can just pay $100-200 and get a fully refurbished one?

26. Phullofphil

Posts: 1732; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I don’t pay that much most people have a accident repair

15. Orion78

Posts: 145; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

This article is so pointless. Samsung is not going this route. Next.

16. Orion78

Posts: 145; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

This article is so pointless. Samsung is not going this route. Next.

17. Orion78

Posts: 145; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

This article is so pointless. Samsung is not going this route. Next.

28. obedchuni

Posts: 306; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

what about sensors underneath the screen, I am sure they will adopt that technology rather than making hole and putting camera, also I don't think they will adopt notch on their phones sure their upcoming phones gonna look like essential phone or like the water drop phones from the Chinese manufacturers.

30. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

Will this not compromise the structural strength of the frame? Maybe I am old fashioned but I don't mind some space being used at the top and the bottom of my mobile screen. Honestly, don't understand this obsession for full-screen phones.

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