Further reducing the bezels and enlarging the screen-to-body ratio of a smartphone nowadays is not an easy effort technology companies including Samsung know that its research and development (R&D) team will have to think of something smart other than the following the display notch trend. Latest report has speculated that the South Korean tech giant will be introducing a bone conduction technology which would allow the screen display to double as an earpiece too. This new bone conduction feature could be materialized with the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+, and eventually on the Note 9.
By using the bone conduction technology-equipped Samsung Galaxy S10, the sounds will be listened from the OLED display placed right next to the ear.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were captivating nearly bezel-less smartphones, and it got even far better with Galaxy S9 in terms of specs and not from a form factor design aspect. However, to make the screen-to-body ratio larger Samsung would have to really think out of the box. A number of smartphone makers — like Apple, Oppo, Vivo, Huawei and among others — have taken the effortless course of enclosing the key components such as the front-facing selfie camera and earpiece in the top notch of the device and stretching the display to the side-by-side edges. However, Samsung is going to completely ditch the earpiece instead, should the latest report from ET News is to be believed.
The report claims that the Korean OEM is more prepared to commercialize this OLED display technology in 2019 with the launch of Galaxy 10 and Galaxy S10+ smartphones and the these devices will sport a 6.2-inch display panel. The display will use bone conduction and vibration technologies to transmit sound in the 100 – 8000Hz range and it will be possible to perceive the resonance only when the top half of the OLED display is placed next to the ear.
This new report is not farfetched concept because Samsung introduced this “sound integrated into display” technology at the Society of Information Displays conference just last month. Some smartphone OEMs, such as Vivo, have already equipped this kind of technology for its products.
The inclusion of the bone conduction “sound integrated into display” technology will still not make the Galaxy S10 absolutely bezel-less as a part of the topmost display would be designated for the iris scanner and the front-facing shooter. Samsung’s 2019 flagship smartphones could also have a 3D sensing camera sensor, so there might be a bit bezel at the top of the display. However, totally ditching out the earpiece would certainly allow the tech firm to force Galaxy S10 and S10+ OLED display further to the very top.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is widely anticipated going to be launched at a Samsung unpacked event that will take place during the stretch of Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February 2019. As for the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ release date, we are expecting them to be available in April 2019. The pre-orders will begin in the first week of March. — The Velvetiere