The Infinity-O display on the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the S10+ is presently as close as it gets to getting a bezel-less, all-screen smartphone without using mechanical parts like a pop-up camera. There’s no notch or a waterdrop, just a cheerio-shaped hole tucked to the corner housing the front camera. It’s done by putting the sensor and the lenses under the display.
However, Samsung is not done yet. The company is already working on the next evolution where the hole-punch will be invisible.
“Though it wouldn’t be possible to make (a full-screen smartphone) in the next 1-2 years, the technology can move forward to the point where the camera hole will be invisible, while not affecting the camera’s function in any way,” said Yang Byung-duk, vice-president of Samsung’s Mobile Communication R&D Group Display.
While the Honor View 20 (review) would want to take credit for introducing the punch-hole camera, the camera essentially looks through the LCD display. Samsung, on the other hand, managed to drill a hole in the OLED on the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the S10+.
"Galaxy S10 is the only smartphone that has a hole in OLED display itself," Yang said. "Hole display is not one of the design options, but it is a noteworthy achievement in terms of the display technological advances."
Samsung is also deliberating on using the display as the speaker, similar to what LG did with its Crystal Sound OLED technology in the LG G8 ThinQ.