Don't worry, you will be able to hide the Galaxy S10 camera hole during video playback... somehow

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Don't worry, you will be able to hide the Galaxy S10 camera hole during video playback... somehow
Samsung’s Galaxy S10 announcement may still be several months away, but in the space of less than a week, we already moved from dreaming of a truly bezel-less design with a selfie camera hidden under the “New Infinity” display to realistically expecting an almost full-screen phone sporting a potentially divisive “punch hole” style front shooter cutout.

It also looks like Samsung is leaning towards positioning this notch cutout in the top-left corner, even though you seem to prefer the centered approach. Either way, perhaps we shouldn’t worry too much about the unusual screen hole getting in the way of everyday mobile tasks.

That’s because a new ITHome report (translated) claims the user interface of the Galaxy S10 lineup will be “adjusted” and “adapted” to the “new screen camera design” in a number of key ways.

In addition to “optimized” UI elements like notification icons, status bar signal, time, power, and so on, Samsung is purportedly working on some kind of a camera-hiding trick during video playback.


That’s obviously not what we had in mind when producing our mouth-watering Galaxy S10 concept renders with a hidden selfie cam, but if Samsung manages to pull that off using entirely software features (somehow), the recent “Infinity-O” hate is likely to subside.

While it’s clearly not the same thing as camouflaging a “punch hole”, Android device manufacturers have been “hiding” wide notches for quite some time now by blacking out the screen real estate around them... and essentially defeating the very purpose of the notch.

We look forward to seeing exactly what workaround Samsung will be able to devise. In the meantime, a DPSS (diode-pumped solid-state) laser is said to be used for the actual screen-punching operation. To be honest, we have no idea what that is (and its Wikipedia page is not exactly helpful), but it sure sounds cool.

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