Last week, we reported that the Samsung Galaxy S10 could be coming with an enormous 6.7-inch display, fifth-generation 5G network connectivity and as many as six cameras. Now, a prototype of the front display has been spotted in the wild – and it reveals something that could catapult this phone above all other Androids.
The following tweet, which allegedly shows the Galaxy S10’s 3D Glass screen, was shared by Ice Universe via the tech blog Weibo last week. Both outfits have a solid track record when it comes to Samsung leaks, so when they tweet something it’s worth paying attention. Here’s the tweet:
Galaxy S10/S10+ 3D Glass
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) November 21, 2018
The most interesting thing about this photo is the total absence of a notch. If the image is genuine, it can only mean one of two things: either the Samsung Galaxy S10 will come with a pop-up camera like the Oppo Find X, or it will be Samsung’s first smartphone with an embedded, in-screen camera.
In other words, the front-facing sensors and lenses will be hidden under the display glass, either via a semi-opaque lens hole or ‘removable’ pixels that deactivate to reveal the camera’s sensor beneath. This will make true edge-to-edge phone screens possible, with no bezels to spoil the illusion.
Samsung is known to have been working on this for some time, but many assumed the technology was still a long ways off. Doubtlessly, the company would vastly prefer to unveil it during the tenth anniversary of the Galaxy phone
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In addition to the intriguing new screen design, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is expected to come with a next-gen Exynos 9820 processor with an integrated neural processing unit for enhanced AI.
There are also rumours of a fourth, supersized S10 dubbed ‘Beyond X’. This version will reportedly come with 5G support, six cameras (four in the rear cameras and two in the front) and a gargantuan 6.7-inch display.
While nothing has been confirmed one way of the other, we wouldn’t be surprised if ‘Beyond X’ is the only model that comes with Samsung’s fancy edge-to-edge display. (Which presumably won’t be cheap to manufacture.)
All will hopefully be revealed at next year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February.