New Samsung Galaxy patent reveals a bezеl-less phone with two screens

New Samsung Galaxy patent reveals a bezеl-less phone with two screens
Going from current bezel-less design trends, imagining the smartphone of the future as just one big screen is not that far-fetched of an idea anymore. But Samsung's latest patent suggests that it could be more than that – it could be one big screen and another, smaller one on the back.

But slapping a second display onto a smartphone is not that new of an idea. We've already seen it done by LG with the ticker on the V20 and by Meizu with the rear screen on the Meizu Pro 7. And then there's the oddball Yotaphones with their E Ink rear-mounted displays. These concepts have been implemented with varying degrees of success, but who knows, maybe a future effort by Samsung will actually make the second screen a useful and convenient addition to the smartphone?

Still, we have to bear in mind that patent filings are never intended to actually depict an upcoming device and are more of an outline for a certain technology, or technologies, that may or may not be used in one or more devices in the future. That said, let's have a look at some of the more interesting design and engineering decisions featured in Samsung's latest patent.


Images from a recent patent filing by Samsung, depicting a smartphone with two displays

Right off the bat, the most eye-catching thing in these sketches is the rather sizable rear-mounted display. What good would it be in a future Galaxy phone? Well, it could work well with a 360-degree translucent case and may be convenient for all of those who leave there phones face-down. Furthermore, being smaller and likely lower-res than the main screen, it could play the role of an always-on display and draw less power. The possible implementations and benefits are many, but then again, it can never be this high up on the back of the phone. Just look at how much space the current camera modules that Samsung is using are. Even if they get smaller (and they likely won't because companies are looking at ways to cram bigger camera sensors in smartphones), this particular depiction of the tech still looks impossible. But hey, it would be cool if such a rear-mounted display also had a fingerprint scanner built into it!

Another interesting tidbit is the lack of a headphone jack in the sketches, but we all know where the 3.5mm jack is headed, so that's that. But what's even more curious is the apparent lack of a front-facing camera. Could this design be intended for use with just a rear-facing camera, which becomes a selfie shooter when you turn the phone around (thanks to the second screen)? Who knows, it's just a patent filing, so it's not intended to depict what exactly a future Galaxy phone will look like. Still, some very interesting ideas on display here. There's also no iris scanner on display. In fact, the only things seemingly depicted in the sketches are an earpiece and what looks like a proximity sensor next to it on the top bezel.

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22 Comments

1. rubertus

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

A small second screen would render the selfie camera obsolete, since all could be done using the main camera.

3. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

But then question is - How would you do the video calling ?? Skype, Duo ?? In this case; you would be forced to use second (mini) screen display .. I think; it wouldn't be nice to not use the large bezel-free (whatever they call it) display ..

7. Phullofphil

Posts: 1785; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

There needs to be sensors in front for for all kinds of reasons. Yeah that would be a way to get rid of selfie cam in front but it’s a bandaid like the home/fingerprint scanner on the back or side.

15. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Just like the old time when front-camera isn't a thing.. Manufacturers add small metal circle near back camera, so people can took a better selfie using main camera.

2. ahmadkun

Posts: 586; Member since: May 02, 2016

Wooow

4. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

This looks awesome, and i like the idea of removing the selfie cam, since you can use the much superior back camera when you have a secondary screen on the back. It's a cool idea.

10. BuffaloSouce unregistered

That sounds cool if you're a teenage girl...

14. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

It's cool for someone like me as well, who doesn't use the selfie cam as much, as it won't be a hinderance to the design on the front. They won't have to do notches and bezels to accomadate the large selfie cam. That's why i personally like it.

5. Hollowmost

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Notch is not the future , mechanical structure isn't the future ... The future is everything in the front side but bezeless ... That's I'm waiting Sammy

8. Phullofphil

Posts: 1785; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

First Calling Samsung Sammy like it’s a person is creepy. Second you or anybody has no clue what the future smartphones are going to be. Last is don’t get stuck on one manufacture of phone, that limits you.

11. Tipus

Posts: 868; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Calm your tits dude, did phonearena hired you to police the comments section ?

6. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

And when apple try to pass notch bs as innovation. SMH. People can wait few years before they can make true bezeless phone, or they don't have to. People doesn't really need bezeless phone, but it sure is cool phone to have.

12. Phullofphil

Posts: 1785; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Everybody has different tast. The way you look at stuff most people don’t. I don’t see a knotch I see screen wings protruding into the bezzle. To each there own but I love my iPhone X.

16. Brewski

Posts: 690; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

You can use semantics to justify it however you want. The top part of the screen is still useless no matter how you word it.

17. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

You love your iPhone regardless it has notch or not. Objectively notch make screen unsymmetrical, cuts screen contents, more trouble for apps developer it's so dumb.

21. MisterX

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

You see screen wings protruding into the bezzle? I don't know where your imagination is going with that! "You see screen wings" Someone draw me a picture of what he's saying

9. modu9 unregistered

As long as Samsung doesn't go the notch way I would be happy. I seriously dislike the notch.

13. chbanks512

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 07, 2017

Could also put an in-display FPS back there. Interesting

18. HillaryClinton2020

Posts: 191; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

two screens mean battery drain, no thanks Sammy

19. Shafittey

Posts: 10; Member since: May 11, 2016

well ur not gonna use both of the screens at once mate...think deep man. i dont see much of a battery drain with that..

22. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

You can't expect deep thinking from a dumb fanboy.

20. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

2 screens really? You'd better put a battery ...

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