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Samsung's upcoming display might finally put an end to notches

We could see the number of smartphones with notches significantly dwindle sooner than later.

Published onOctober 19, 2018

  • Samsung announced new display technology which hides multiple sensors, including the camera and fingerprint sensors.
  • The new displays could finally do away with the polarizing notch design.
  • We could see the display technology on the upcoming Galaxy S10, but Samsung did not give specifics.

Wouldn’t it be great to live in a world without notches? Manufacturers use them to store all the components which cannot yet be hidden, but they also usually end up looking like eyesores. If Samsung has its way with its new display technology, notches will no longer be a problem we’ll have to deal with.

Spotted by Twitter user Ice universe, Samsung announced new AMOLED display technology during its OLED Forum conference in China. During the event, Samsung explained the display could hide several features which for now require display cutouts or bezel space. These features include a fingerprint scanner, haptics, sound, and an under panel sensor (UPS).

In-display fingerprint sensors are nothing new, though they are rumored to be part of the upcoming Galaxy S10. The exciting bit is the UPS, which would include the front-facing camera. Combined with the ability for sound to transmit through the display, Samsung effectively said there would soon be no need for notches.

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Samsung remained quiet on other aspects of its new display technology. We do not know if the new displays will support facial recognition, whether the sound transmitted through the display would be through bone conduction or something else, or when we will see the new displays.

We could see the new displays as soon as early 2019 with the Galaxy S10, though they could also debut on the Galaxy Note 10 later in the year. We could also see them on other devices, since manufacturers like Oppo, Xiaomi, and Apple purchase displays from Samsung.

Regardless of where the technology ends up, the idea of more notch-less phones with slim bezels could make for some compelling designs.

NEXT: The 6 best notch-less phones for all you notch-haters out there

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