Over the years, we have seen the physical button and the space taken by them minimizing. The home buttons have been integrated within the UIs. Fingerprint sensors stayed on the display quite briefly, and were soon pushed to the back of the smartphones, to make more space for the display.
Which, in turn, gave us near bezel-less smartphones, that could feature a display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, within a compact form factor. However, now the only hindrance we see from achieving a fully bezel-less display is if the notch moves out too! Think that could be possible? Well, Samsung seems to be working towards it, or that’s what its patent suggests.
A recent Samsung patent, which was first spotted by GSMArena, reveals a device where everything, including the camera, the earpiece, the proximity and ambient light sensors, have been moved below the screen. Do note that this wouldn’t be the first time the attempt to a fully bezel-less smartphone is made. The Xiaomi Mi MIX was one with an earpiece below the screen but it didn’t sound so great.
However, the Mi MIX too couldn’t get rid of the camera on the front, which sat down below in a corner. The Samsung patent is the first attempt the camera is being laid under the surface as well.
“An early patent (referenced by Samsung, Apple, LG and others) suggests using a transparent OLED. With a high refresh rate, the device could flick the screen on and off and allow the camera to have a look during the inactive periods,” the GSMArena report notes.