Sep 8, 2017

Samsung receives patent approval for a phone with bezel-less display and selfie camera cutout

The Korean tech giant is one of the many phone manufacturers which joined the bandwagon of creating bezel-less smartphones this year. The company's newly-received patent approval tells about a phone having its front panel fully covered with screen, leaving a small cutout just for the selfie camera and other sensors.

Undeniably, the widespread trend among smartphone manufacturers nowadays is creating a gadget with an edge-to-edge display and higher screen-to-body ratio. For instance, Samsung's flagship offerings for 2017, the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note8, all sport no side bezels and minimal top and bottom bezels. However, it seems like the Korean tech giant is still not content with its current high-end handsets' almost bezel-less front panel and wants to achieve a fully bezel-free device, one that ditches even the top bezel meant for the front-facing camera lens and necessary sensors. If that happens, the selfie camera must now start looking for a relocation site just like the physical home button which doubles as a fingerprint scanner.

Samsung patent sketches revealing a cutout for the camera

Well, before we get too exaggerated here, we'll clarify something: The removal of the top bezel won't send the front shooter into other places, it will still stay in its place but have a smaller space than it used to have. It is the gist of the patent filed by Samsung back in May 2016, to have an all display front panel but still leave a cutout large enough to accommodate the selfie camera and the rest of the sensors. It is important to note that the cutout won't be as extreme as the one we saw in the Essential Phone and iPhone, that's why there's no need to worry. Also, it is worth noting that the South Korea-based tech firm has already filed for the patent application long before it released the Infinity Display-trotting Galaxy S8 and S8+ back in March.

We might initially see the bezel-less display mentioned in the patent on Samsung's impending Galaxy S9 next year while there's also a possibility that it will just remain as a patent like most of the published patents of tech companies. Stay tuned for more updates.