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Next-gen Samsung flagships might use sound-emitting displays to forgo the divisive notch

While Vivo seems to have beaten Samsung to the punch by getting rid of the infamous notch, it seems that the South Korean manufacturer will also be opting for a bezel-less design with next year’s flagship. The tentatively titled Samsung Galaxy S10, along with various other branded handsets, will supposedly utilise ‘sound emitting’ display technology to achieve this.

Samsung first debuted its working prototype for the new sound-emitting display at last month’s SID Expo, which Korean publication ETNews reports will appear in next year’s Galaxy S10 smartphone. If credible, it is currently unknown if Samsung will reserve this technology for its premium S10+ equivalent or implement it across its whole next-generation line-up.

Image: OnePlus 6 notch

As it stands, no flagship Samsung handset has been endowed with the divisive notch, as smartphone manufacturers continue the crusade to trim bezels as much as humanly possible. With the speakers planned to go underneath the screen, only the front-facing camera and light sensor stand in the way of a true edge-to-edge display, as Samsung has already moved its fingerprint technology to the rear of the device.

Vivo addressed this problem on its recently announced Nex, which features a pop-up camera at the top of the device, although nothing was mentioned about the relocation of the light sensor, if it continues to house one. Samsung could use a similar design, however it has yet to speak up about the recent rumours.

This news lines up with serial leaker Ice Universe’s claims that the Galaxy S10 will increase its screen to body ratio to 93 percent, from the Galaxy S9’s 83.6 percent. This also beats the Vivo Nex, which touts an already staggering 91.24 percent screen to body ratio, but falls just short of recent rumours surrounding OPPO's next flagship at 93.8 percent.

The tipster also went on record to state that the Galaxy S10 would breach the 600ppi barrier, sharpening its display considerably from the Galaxy S9’s 570ppi. This increases its lead on Apple, which sits at 458ppi on the iPhone X, while potentially approaching Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium, which touts a whopping 760ppi across its 5.8-inch 4K display.

KitGuru Says: While many manufacturers will no doubt opt for Corning’s durable Gorilla Glass as standard for their edge-to-edge displays, it seems that it’s difficult to quell worries of screen frailty. Would you prefer a bezel-less smartphone or are you scared of it breaking?

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