|Yang Byung-duk, vice president of Mobile Communications R&D Group at Samsung Electronics, speaks during a press conference at the firm's office in central Seoul, Thursday. / Courtesy of Samsung Electronics|
By Baek Byung-yeul
The future display of Samsung Electronics' smartphones will be a full screen as sensors and cameras will be embedded under the screen, the firm said Thursday.
The phone maker said its latest high-end smartphone Galaxy S10 has achieved a "technological milestone" as it succeeded to maximize screen properties while hiding sensors and cameras in a punch hole using Infinity O display technology.
Yang Byung-duk, vice president of Mobile Communications R&D Group of the firm, said this is not the end of evolution in display technology as the firm will consequently remove every hole from the front of the device.
"The Infinity O display signals an important direction in display technology. We will keep trying to reduce the size of the punch hole so that users cannot see any cameras on the smartphone display in the future," Yang said during a briefing session about the firm's latest display technology Infinity O.
When introducing the Galaxy S10, Samsung adopted the Infinity O display, which has sensors and cameras in a punch hole on the front display. The smartphone also features the industry's first ultrasonic fingerprint scanner on the screen so that users can unlock the phone by tapping their fingers on the screen itself.
Yang said the full screen that has sensors and cameras beneath it would not be released within the next year or two.
"Making a hole in the OLED display is a very challenging task but we decided to try the technology for Galaxy's 10th anniversary model and the result is very successful," he said.
The Galaxy S10 also supports the HDR10+ feature which enables screens to deliver vivid and wide depth of images as creators intended. Yang said that by using this technology, colors are more accurate and users can have a more immersive experience.
Samsung officially launched the Galaxy S10 on March 8. Among the latest features of the phone, Yang said the firm has gained a positive response from consumers and added one of the reasons for this was the device's hole-punch design.
"We have seen so many fun wallpapers using the hole punch of the Galaxy S10 on online forums like Reddit. While we were designing the hole-punch cutout, display engineers never expected that it could go viral online. Now we are enjoying those brilliant wallpapers," he said.