This is what the Galaxy S10 could look like: truly bezel-less with an under-display camera

This is what the Galaxy S10 could look like: truly bezel-less with an under-display camera
The Samsung Galaxy S10 could be one of the most important smartphones Samsung has ever made. Having virtually no bezels, a fingerprint scanner and front-facing cameras under the display, and three cameras on the back — not to mention the rumored gradient color options — the Galaxy S10 is shaping up as a (potentially) awesome device. If rumors are to be believed, anyway.

Recent leaks indicate that all of the aforementioned features and more are coming to Samsung's next flagship, but there still are many questions left. How are the under-display cameras going to work? Are there going to be holes in the screen instead of a notch? What about the iris scanner and the earpiece? And, of course, what is it the phone itself going to look like?

In an attempt to paint a clearer picture of what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy S10 in terms of design and features, we dug deep in the well of rumors and information currently available about the upcoming flagship. In our research, we took into consideration not only the rumors currently circulating in the media but also a number of intriguing patents that could potentially shed more light on how the rumored under-display camera of the Galaxy S10 may work. Suffice to say, we stumbled on some very interesting stuff that makes us even more excited about Samsung's upcoming flagship.

Going from everything we've learned, we decided to create a series of conceptual renders of the Samsung Galaxy S10 that attempt to visualize and explain how the different features of the phone will work together. Without further ado, here they are.


True bezel-less design with cameras under the screen



Samsung has been adamantly anti-notch for quite some time now but at its developer conference earlier this month, the company revealed a series of notched displays that will most likely be coming to Samsung-branded devices in 2019 and beyond. These feature three distinctive styles of notch — V-shaped, U-shaped, and O-shaped — but what's got us interested the most is the fourth type of display, which is simply called "New Infinity" and has no notch. It was shown prominently on-screen during the presentation but wasn't addressed in any meaningful way on stage.

We can't say for sure whether the "New Infinity" tech will be ready for prime time for the Galaxy S10, but it clearly is Samsung's ultimate goal for mobile display technology. The Infinity V, U, and O are likely coming to Samsung's mid-range lineups, but we feel like the Galaxy S10 won't have a notch in the traditional sense. After all, Samsung spent so much effort lampooning Apple and Google, it would be quite strange to launch a milestone device like the S10 with a notch. Right?


The Samsung Galaxy S10+ could have front-facing cameras that you see only when they need to see you

If current rumors are any indication, the Samsung Galaxy S10 will have many under-display sensors, including a fingerprint reader, one or more front-facing cameras, earpiece, and possibly an iris scanner. This sounds cool and all, but it actually raises more questions than it answers. For one, may people are worried that these under-display cameras will actually manifest as cut-outs in the display. Understandably so, with all the notch hate going around, people wouldn't want holes in their screens (although this would arguably be a better solution than the notch, purely in terms of providing a bigger display area).

But what if there didn't have to be holes? What if the cameras, along with other sensors, could be perfectly hidden under the screen, with content displaying on top as if there were nothing beneath? Well, this is entirely possible and we need look no further than the recent OnePlus 6T which uses a Samsung-made display and has an optical fingerprint scanner beneath. Unlike other phones with in-display fingerprint readers, which utilize only an image sensor under the screen, the OnePlus 6T actually has a tiny lens looking at your finger through a hole under the display that is almost invisible from the outside. Yet, despite this, content can be displayed normally over the cutout beneath the screen.

image source: JerryRigEverything

OnePlus 6T's in-display fingerprint scanner has a lens and an image sensor. On the right, you can see what the screen looks like with the camera removed. Turning on the phone with the scanner detached still produces a bright enough picture that almost completely hides the aperture under the screen.

Having a camera under the display is possible with OLED. Due to the technology's nature, specifically the fact it doesn't require a backlight, OLED displays can be transparent, yet still show images visible to our eyes. This is because OLED panels can emit visible light on their own, without the need for a separate light source behind them.

This technology could potentially allow Samsung to not only hide the fingerprint reader and front-facing camera(s) beneath the screen, but also the iris scanner, without compromising the integrity of the display with notches or cut-outs.

While doing research, we also stumbled on an interesting patent from way back in 2005, describing how this could be achieved with the then-emerging OLED display technology. The patent was filed for by technology designer and engineer David Hartkop, and though it didn't make it through the litigation process, it was published and has since been referenced by the majority of big mobile tech companies. Over the 13 years since it was published, the patent was referenced and cited by the likes of Apple, LG, Samsung, and many others, including Google, Sony, Essential, and Kodak. Samsung most recently cited Hartkop's idea in a 2015 patent for — you guessed it — a device with a camera (and other sensors) under its display.

patent by David Hartkop

This patent for a camera hidden behind an OLED display has been referenced by many tech companies over the years, including Samsung, Apple, and LG

We have already discussed the notch and its merits in length in our "Short History of the Notch" where we said we believe that this design choice is simply part of a transitional phase toward a bezel-less, notch-less future. And the only feasible, solid-state way to achieve this vision is by tucking away stuff behind the screen. There's always the "slider screen" solution that's becoming a bit of a trend with some Chinese brands, but history shows us that companies like Samsung and Apple are more likely to opt for solutions without moving parts (for obvious reasons). This is how we got the notch, and this is why the future of the selfie camera is under the screen.


The Galaxy S8 still looks relevant, but that won't be the case next year, if the Galaxy S10 adopts true bezel-less design

Of course, to implement an under-screen, high-quality front-facing camera would be more difficult than using an in-display fingerprint scanner of any variety. That's because an optical fingerprint reader needs to focus on your thumb on the screen, while a selfie camera would need to focus beyond the screen and on your face. This introduces a number of potential issues about the transparency of the screen and how content is displayed there. All of this, according to Harktop's patent, could theoretically be solved by temporarily changing the frame rate of the screen in a way that leaves a fraction of a second per frame that is entirely blank. The camera could then be synchronized to shoot moment when the blank portion of the image refresh is passing in front of the lens' position behind the screen.


In-display fingerprint scanner



Samsung Galaxy S10 will almost certainly use an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner

One of the things that's almost certainly going to be under the display of the Galaxy S10 is the fingerprint scanner. According to reliable sources, it's not going to be an optical sensor, but rather a faster (and more expensive), Qualcomm-made ultrasonic fingerprint reader. 

Ultrasonic technology uses sound to map your fingerprint. The module sends a wave of pressure through the display and onto your finger, that then bounces off of the ridges of your fingerprint and returns to the sensor to generate a 3D map of it (this happens ultra-fast, don't worry). Ultrasonic fingerprint readers can also work through both glass and metal, and with wet fingers as well, because the pressure waves can pass through thin materials and liquids.

Three main cameras on the Galaxy S10+



The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is rumored to have a triple camera setup, while the regular Galaxy S10 is said to feature two main cameras. The dual-camera setup is expected to follow in the footsteps of the Galaxy S9+ and the Galaxy Note 9 and combine a regular shooter with a wide-angle, while the triple camera of the S10+ is said to pack regular, wide-angle, and telephoto snappers altogether.

Whatever configuration Samsung chooses, it's most likely going to be the next big step in Galaxy cameras and possibly even smartphone photography is a whole.



We don't know whether Samsung would go for a vertical or a horizontal camera setup for the Galaxy S10+, but we feel like the vertical design has more of a 'Galaxy' feel to it

Beautiful gradient color schemes


In recent times, as smartphones have become increasingly homogenous in terms of design, color has made a big come-back as a major differentiating factor. In the pre-smartphone days, cell phones used to be quirky and colorful — many of them, anyways — but as physical keypads made way for immersive touch screens, sending prices on a never-ending hike, people started taking their pocket computers seriously. A bit too seriously, perhaps. Suddenly, most everything was black, white, or silver. Thankfully, over the last year, smartphone manufacturers have decided to bring some much-needed vibrancy to their products – a trend that arguably started with Huawei's P20 Pro and its dazzling gradient finish, and continues still.


Samsung, give us a special 'Galaxy' edition color for the S10!

If recent rumors are to be believed, the Samsung is planning to give the Galaxy S10 some dazzling gradient finishes. We have no idea yet what colors may be combined, but we think that emerald green to blue, blue to orange, and purple to black would look quite nice. And if Samsung decides to go the extra mile and give us a special 'Galaxy' color for the S10? Heck, we'd be all over that, though the actual chances of this happening are rather slim, we'd say.


We think a blue-to-orange gradient finish would look great on the Galaxy S10

But tell us what colors you want to see and what you want from the Galaxy S10 as a whole. Would you be disappointed if the S10 had a camera cut-out on the screen? What if it were as awesome as in our concept images, would it be an insta-buy for you? Tell us in the comments below!

Also, if you'd like to see more of our Samsung Galaxy S10 concept renders, don't forget to check out the gallery at the end of this post.

Disclaimer: The images featured in this material have been made by PhoneArena and are based on preliminary information about the respective device(s), such as, but not limited to, factory CAD blueprints and live photos of the device(s), or accessories thereof. As such, the images found herein may not be fully representative of the final design of the device(s).

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  • 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

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50 Comments

1. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

The big minus for samsung Is : the Unexceptable battery ( Huawei Mate 20 pro - 4200mAh No satisfying fast charge ) bloatware and is overpriced.

2. Tipus

Posts: 905; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Samsung could have best battery ever, no bloatware and be priced at $100, you would still find something to cry about, because it's samsung :))

10. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

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22. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

your 20 likes does not convince anyone (spam bots ). The sales of Samsung Galaxy series Are disappointing.

45. joshuaswingle

Posts: 669; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Galaxy S10+ is expected to feature a 4,000mAh battery (I wouldn't call that unacceptable). Also, Galaxy sales are down this year, but the S9 is still the second best-selling flagship range this year after Apple's iPhone. So not that disappointing either.

50. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

I’m using S9 plus Exyons and battrey life are really good bigger battrey means more overheating.

47. Cat97

Posts: 1979; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Actually battery life on all new Samsung phones far exceeds their capacity. There are articles on PhoneArena stating this. I have an A3 2017 with a "small-ish" battery and I can get close to 2 days of battery life from that phone.

3. Phonehex

Posts: 768; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Most users are fine with any battery above 3500 mah.. 99% of the people charge their phone overnight.

11. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

Most Users, are not the buyers of a phone that cost 700 Euros. So it's irrelevant how the most users feel. As for the rest users who are possible buyers and are not interested anymore. Thats why Samsung have sold only 40 million Samsung Galaxy S9 and not 70 as the previous year.

13. Phonehex

Posts: 768; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

When I said "most users" I meant most users of the s10 dodo... and frankly , continuing a conversation with you after reading the above statement from you is like trying to converse with a rock. Bye.

14. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1588; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Don't insult the rock.

16. JohnR

Posts: 163; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

The Note 9 had a 4,000 sized battery. Wtf are you talking about?

23. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Or maybe they just dont want to pay $900 for a phone. And the S9 is a far different phone vs the S4. I treat isnt the issue. Real competition surely is. Price is most certainly an issue. Interest? You have no idea what people are interested in. In the US Galaxy sales continue to thrive because of device payments..anyone in the US can get whatever phone they want for the most part. Outside the us, where in omws average $400 or less per month, no one with a family can afford to pay that much a phone and thanks to Android they dont have too. Even though the S hasn't sold in such high numbers, ever since Samsung broke the sales barrier after sell 420M phones in a year, they have consistently sold 300M+ each year since with all small drop in sales of sole model like the S and Note..but they saw a huge uptick in sales with the A and J. Stop hating bruh. Samsung doesnt depend on phone sales for its money. Oh and other fact. Out of all the Samsung companies. Samsung Electronics is the biggest money maker of all of them. They also have the most technology. Employees and the most profit. They aren't going a ywbere bruh. No matter how much you hate them.

29. AustinPaul

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Wow - a real expert here.

49. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

https://cdn.wccftech.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Exynos-9820-benchmarking-leak.png Just look at these geekbench score of Exyons 9820 and by the way the battrey aren’t bad I’m using S9 plus Exyons variant and battrey life it's excellent.

4. stulla

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

My excitement for these things fade as I sit here wondering the cost to fix one of those phones should they ever give problems,where to carry it for fixing as I reside in the caribbean & the headache of watching youtube vids to find a tempered glass that's sits perfectly on the screen as this has been an issue with Samsung and their curved screens

6. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I have never had a y issue with any curved 9H hard screen protector I have every bought for any of the curved models I have owned. Tou must be buying terrible brands. For my Note 9 I have one from Spigen that also came with a case and a 9H glass protector and it fits perfectly. The issue is how you put them on. I use a hair dryer to heat up the edges as I line it up so that the little adhesive they use gets a better stick. I never have issues.

20. BuffaloSouce unregistered

I've had screens from Spigen, Zagg and Armor Edge and they've all popped off on my s9+

24. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I'm not saying you cant have issues. And yes if you are rough with them, yes they do come off. The way to make them stay on longer is to heat up the adhesive for a better seal. The other issue is to avoid water and dust. Water breaks the adhesive seal which isnt that good to begin with. Then when dust gets underneath from places like your pocket, then the adhesive no longer stick. When I but a case, I usually buy a case that comes with the glass cover. The reason is, you put the case on first and thus the glass cover goes right where it need too and the 2 meet up at their edges,leaving no room foe dust to get inside. Ans then you simply have to never take the case off. On my Note 8, the glass cover I had was still on it, even when I traded in my phones to get the 9. Also I am careful with expensive things. Some people may not be as careful as me.

31. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I just ordered a whitestone dome for my note 8. Hope it's worth it.

21. Nobias23

Posts: 64; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

Lol really

43. Usernameisnotsowitty

Posts: 36; Member since: Oct 08, 2018

Am I the only one in here who don't use screen protectors/tempered glass?

5. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I remember a post of someone saying Samsung would be the OEM who would come up with a full screen display with zero bezels, a d that they would find a way to hide sensors to make this possible. And that poster was ridiculed saying he didnt know what he was talking about. Just one year later and BOOM! its already a reality and Samsung is gonna make this happen with no compromises. So much for the lame article because Samsung is making notched displays. Well they made one for Apple, didnt they? So why not have panels available for other OEMs. You know, whichbis Samsungs forte. Doesnt mean they have tonise them. But even if they do, looks like the next S and Note, wont be getting them. If Samsung pulls this off, and prices the S10 properly, it could be the first S to outsell the S4 which sold 70M in one year. This is look very promising from a company who is a true innovator. Not a photocopier like others.

15. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"Just one year later and BOOM! its already a reality and Samsung is gonna make this happen with no compromises" I hope this is true but, i wouldn't count your chickens before they hatch. This is just a guess.

7. morgeus09

Posts: 107; Member since: Aug 19, 2018

If this will be true, i will LOVE this phone

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31611; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I wanna see what the Note 10 looks like. That's the Galaxy I'll be most interested in buying. That S10 concept looks hella dope though.

28. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Same here. I decided to wait on note 10, i hope i made the right decision.

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31611; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm glad I bought the Note 9, if the 10 doesn't wow me (and I think it will), I have my Note 9. This phone is killer.

48. Cat97

Posts: 1979; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

It will look TOO BIG as usual.

9. bearballz

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 17, 2017

Sounds like Samsung has some major bells and whistles in it's upcoming Galaxy. Question is how much with this cost? Is the new Galaxy going creep over $1000 or are they going to price it so most people will be able to afford it?

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