Samsung is working to make the entire front of its phones a screen, without the need for frames or a camera crop of any kind. Yonhap News Agency reports that the vice president of the R & D display group company, Yang Byung-duk, stated that "even if it would not be possible (a smartphone in full screen) in the next 1 – 2 years, the technology can go on to the point where the camera hole will be invisible, without affecting the camera function in any way. "
Comments arrive less than a month after Samsung announced its latest flagship, the Galaxy S10, which is the first phone of the company to have a "hole" cut from its display for the selfie camera. Yang called the Infinity-O of S1
This is not the first time that Samsung has talked about its plans to produce an all-display device. In a presentation held in October last year, the company claimed that it was working on four interconnected technologies to maximize screen size; under-display fingerprint scanners, panel camera sensors, touch-screen technologies and screen speakers (similar to the vibrant OLED screen on the LG G8).
Despite Samsung's ambition, it has become a rarity for the company being the first to introduce new technologies like these to the market. Several Chinese-made phones included in-display fingerprint sensors before the feature reached Samsung's flagship, and Honor's View 20 was the first phone with a perforator display (although, as Yang notes, S10 was the first to do with an OLED panel). Vivo and other Chinese laptops have also produced full-screen devices by moving cameras to the back (and adding a rear display), adopting cursor designs or creating pop-up mechanisms that hide the selfie camera inside the phone.
Yang gives no further details on when Samsung's "perfect full-screen phone" might be ready, except to say it won't be ready within the next one or two years. If that means they will be ready in three or thirty years, nobody knows.