Samsung working to embed camera and fingerprint sensor into a smartphone's display

Samsung working to embed camera and fingerprint sensor into a smartphone's display
Although it comes as no surprise that a company like Vivo manage to score a world's premiere with the launch of the first in-display fingerprint scanner, it's a bit embarrassing for companies like Samsung, Apple, Huawei and the likes, which invest hundreds of millions in R&D, not to have a solution in this regard.

Obviously, all of these companies are working on their version if in-display fingerprint scanner, which will only be integrated into their products when it's perfected. Apparently, Samsung is trying to do a little bit more and embed not just the fingerprint sensor in a smartphone's display, but the camera as well.

Samsung working to embed camera and fingerprint sensor into a smartphone's display

At least that's what we've been able to learn from the latest patent filed by the South Korean company at WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization). In order to avoid adding a notch at the top of the phone's display, Samsung chose to integrate the selfie camera and sensors in the display itself.

As a matter fact, Samsung explains that the camera and sensors will be housed in holes that are cut in the smartphone's screen. The solution is ingenious, but putting it in practice may be harder than we think. On the bright side, the smartphone shown in the patent features an almost 100% screen-to-body ratio.

source: WIPO via LetsGoDigital

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12 Comments

1. aegislash

Posts: 1457; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Honestly, I wouldn't mind just a few small holes in the display, if it meant achieving a true 100% screen to body ratio. Yeah, they might get annoying on light backgrounds/web pages/etc, but I learned to not notice my iPhone X's notch....so I'd eventually learn to not notice the camera/sensors/etc right in the display. Man, I'm imagining Samsung bringing a truly bezel-less Note 10, and for the special occasion, have it be 100% bezel-free with an in-screen fingerprint reader (that is, if the Note9 doesn't get the in-screen fps first....which for some reason, I really think it will).

3. talon95

Posts: 988; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I don't see the point. Increasing the cost of a device to have nothing more than a little less bezel, and still having the annoyance of missing pixels is just as bad as the ugly notch. If they put the speaker and sensors along the boarder, and the camera in a rounded corner, that would be more than sufficient for me. 100% screen is a useless obsession IMO. The same as trying to make a phone thinner than it needs to be and sacrificing features that people actually need and use. Even the curved screen has caused as many issues as it ever solved. These companies are lacking meaningful innovation, and are just hyping changes that they can patent as marketing gimmicks that their competition lack. They need to quit wasting our time with stupidity and focus on what we're asking for. When they put form over function I start looking elsewhere.

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

That's what Sony has been doing all along.

8. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I heard too, in september

6. tedkord

Posts: 17181; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, Sammy. I don't want a guy holes in the display. That's no better than a stupid notch. Unless they're truly under the display, and don't block any part of it, then a small bezel remains the best option. Heck, throw a good stereo speaker in each bezel, and we're square.

10. cmdacos

Posts: 3957; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Potentially they can do it in a way that only the ear piece is actually exposed. The sensors could be under the display and only exposed when the pixels of the display are turned off so the sensor can function. Not great to have a very small slot in your video and maybe they could solve that in other ways but there is potential here.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17181; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'd rather have a slim bezel than any obstruction in the display.

12. cmdacos

Posts: 3957; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

My preference too. Essential and Apple solution are the worst and holes in the screen isn't much better but I would buy this concept which will give me essentially a clear slab when the camera is on. They just need to find a way to run the camera in low power mode and let me use my camera view as a home screen background lol.

7. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

You'd send a monitor back if it had a couple of dead pixels but you'd accept a mobile screen that has holes all over the screen by design? Personally I think this is rubbish

9. wando77

Posts: 1167; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Have the notch within the black notification shade.....done

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