Samsung keeps the dream of the under-screen camera alive

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Samsung's Infinity-O technology was a good compromise, avoiding a notch, but still leaving some part of the screen unusable due to the hole in the screen.

The Korean tech giant is working on a new handset that will place cameras and sensors beneath the display, making it nearly entirely edge-to-edge, according to Yonhap News Agency.

"Punching a hole in the OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display is a very challenging technology", Yang Byung-duk, Vice President of Samsung's Mobile Communication R&D Group Display, said in a briefing, Yonhap news agency reported.

Samsung is also reportedly looking at Crystal Sound OLED display technology, where the display in a smartphone can double up as a speaker.

Samsung is working on cameras that fully integrate into a smartphone display without requiring a hole, though the successor to notched and hole-punch panels won't be ready for a while yet.

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The two-year timeframe given by the company is not a definitive one and it could be years before handsets with under-display front cameras are released. Don't expect to see it on the Galaxy S11 next year, or even the Galaxy S12 the year after that, however.

That said, Samsung's folding phone had been rumored to be in the works for several years prior to release, so it seems all the more plausible that a "full screen" design will take equally, if not more, time to develop.

Samsung has proven in the past that it's capable of releasing ambitious phone designs.

The goal is to put the selfie camera and any other sensors - such as those which measure brightness and proximity - under the screen itself. Which company will be the first to deliver this dream phone?

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