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

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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Galaxy S10
  • Display 6.1" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh



1. shortkey

Posts: 56; Member since: May 19, 2017

>This would have been so much better, but alas, it's not possible yet. It IS possible. You know, just omit the front facing camera. It's useless anyway. All the camw***es can make blind selfies just like they did like five years ago.

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Five years ago? it's more like 10 years ago, when Sony Ericsson, and Nokia give reflective metal near back camera to act as mirror for selfie.

19. Vokilam

Posts: 1380; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I disagree. I need selfie camera to FaceTime. FaceTime has become a very important and necessary tool in my business - I have to talk and show clients things on daily basis. I also am away from family for whole days sometimes - and I have to talk to my little kids - FaceTime makes that experience 5000x better. I also need my face ID - main reason why I got the iPhone this time vs Samsung note. Face ID works better than Samsung’s face/iris unlock by huge margin. My fingers are always dirty, grimy, wet, or have adhesives that don’t wash off for days. It would be huge inconvenience for me not to have a front camera or the sensors in front.

3. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

A-hole as top notch. As long as they cannot make an underscreen camera, they will continue to be sucked! Top end goes to Apple and Chinese goes to Mid range, And Samsung selling 400 million $100 phones.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4330; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Apple is doing an underscreen camera now? Cool. Link please ma'am...

7. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Your comments always makes me gag. Dude you don't make any sense at all when commenting on any given topic. Lord help you.

21. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

There is no help for him or her.

20. Vokilam

Posts: 1380; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I disagree. One hole or even several holes is better than a notch or a top bezel. Samsung has my vote for the hole vs a notch.

5. Stormrider

Posts: 72; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

LG makes completely transparent OLED panels that can be used to hide a front camera underneath without using holes by just switching off the pixels around it. It's similar to how the 6T detects fingerprints using a transparent panel. It's possible.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4330; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Certainly. Samsung showed the same thing off two years before LG. Problem is anything behind is not fully hidden so the experience isn't that much better. Not yet anyway. It's possible manufacturing scale is the bigger problem.

9. errnope

Posts: 43; Member since: May 23, 2018

There's a problem though, in that it isn't 100% transparent. Only one aspect is. I'm not an expert in lens, maybe it won't be an issue if the object is so close to the camera. In other words a bit like if you have minor bit of dust on the lens cover you don't really see it in the photo. Also, to be transparent means to display black. Black being off, and therefore transparent. This means if you have black on the screen you would be able to see the lens beneath it.

10. jobs521

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 16, 2018

Did you guys even bother to read the ITHome report? Lol, stop posting simply to get your keyword rankings up.

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