While many companies throughout the 2017/18 period indulged in the divisive smartphone notch, Samsung has never subscribed to the idea, often opting for thinner yet visible bezels. Next year’s Galaxy S10 is set to continue this trend according to recent leaks, introducing open hole camera tech that allows for the most screen-to-body ratio yet.
Serial smartphone leaker Ice Universe posted the concept on his Twitter page, alleging that the tech would “become the mainstream technology in 2019.” It seems as though designs have yet to be finalised, however, as the leak suggests the open hole could be positioned on the top left, right or centre of the display.
The display open hole camera technology will become the mainstream technology in 2019, then you think, where is the camera position better? pic.twitter.com/4mh5G7CbeT
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) October 18, 2018
Leaks and rumours have long suggested that Samsung would go to great lengths to forgo the notch, including an as-of-yet unconfirmed sound-emitting display. This would track well with the bezel-less approach, as it looks like there isn’t much room for the standard pseudo-stereo speakers seen in most flagships.
It isn’t certain whether or not the open hole camera technology will be a cutout or be placed beneath the display, blanking out pixels when in use. Either way, Ice Universe has a good track record of accurate leaks debuting smartphone technology long before official announcements.
The screen is certainly an important feature of the upcoming Galaxy S10, with a suggested in-display fingerprint sensor courtesy of Qualcomm. It is also believed that the upcoming flagship will retain the headphone jack and include a triple-lens rear camera rather than the quad-camera seen on the Galaxy A9.
KitGuru Says: I can imagine that the real Galaxy S10 is set to be the envy of those locked into a contract with notched smartphones. Still, it’s all about function over form for most, so we have yet to see how Samsung’s next-gen will fare. Where would you like the open hole technology to be placed?