2017 was the year of bezel less smartphones and devices like the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, Samsung S8 and Apple iPhone X being the top contenders. But these designs are not completely devoid of bezels, and we are yet to see a perfectly designed bezel less smartphone. It looks like Samsung is ahead of the race in producing the first complete bezel less smartphone. A couple of WIPO (World International Property Office) Samsung patents were spotted which mentions Samsung’s plan to build a pure bezel less phone.
Samsung likes to experiment with their display technologies. The South Korean giant is also responsible for manufacturing displays for top brand smartphones like iPhone X and OnePlus 5T. Even there are rumours about a foldable smartphone with the codename Galaxy Y which is speculated to launch next year. The patent of the bezel less smartphone which was dated May 2017 mentions how the company plans to build a zero bezel smartphone by bending the display 180 degrees and stretching it up to the back of the phone.
Not only that, there are sketches and renders of the smartphone, and it simply looks stunning. Samsung says that the 180 degrees display will offer a better grip on the phone. Also, a complete bezel will mean new features on the device like edge gestures and sensors like iris scanner under the display. The patent, however, does not mention how the front camera will be placed. It’s no secret that Samsung has been developing a fingerprint sensor that works under a display. Even a patents mention a 12 pressure point-sensor sandwiched between cover glass and a display panel. The new scanner passes ultrasonic signals through an OLED panel up to 1200 μm thick to read the contours of a fingerprint, which obviate the need for a direct touch with the fingerprint sensor.
One sketches reveal a regular edge display, with a rounded screen and another with a round edge. The display is bent 180 degrees on both sides and is further extended to the rear. The patent not only mentions the design and explanations but also specifies the production method. This indicates Samsung is serious about the technology and willing to adopt it in future. Usually, a lot of patents of Smartphone manufacturers ends up in the trash.
It’s unlikely that the device will be launched in 2018 as there are already too much in their line up and also it’s still in prototype form. However, it may make an appearance in the concept form with the Samsung Flip phone SM-W2018 that will be introduced in 2018.