Samsung's new patent reveals in-display camera and fingerprint scanner

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But as easy as it was to mock this unusual esthetic compromise, there's no denying the initial success of Apple's first facial-recognizing handset, while rumors continue to swirl of various OEMs considering similar "borderless" smartphone implementations.

Reports suggest that Apple may be taking strides to shrink or remove the notch by decreasing the size of the iPhone X's Face ID sensor. It goes without saying that the iPhone X would have been praised even more if it did not feature the notch. According to the filings before the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), the company plans to incorporate the fingerprint scanner and the camera onboard the display.

Samsung is planning to launch three new Android flagship models this year: the Galaxy S9, S9+ and Note 9.

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But we're probably not going to see this in a finished product for a while.

The patent, spotted by LetsGoDigital, describes a method for having holes in a flexible OLED screen for the camera, speakers and other sensors. On the bright side, the smartphone shown in the patent features an nearly 100% screen-to-body ratio. The home button will not have a clickable mechanism, but it will act as another hole to accommodate all the key components that were present in the notch of the iPhone X. In all likelihood, the notch is here to stay for at least a generation or two, but a newly published patent from Samsung appears to detail an alternative design that could eliminate the need for the notch. We are still in the phase of seeing in-display fingerprint readers present in future devices, so slowly we will be waiting for additional developments to take place.

Samsung, the South Korean giant, has finally filed a patent for the latest fad in the technological market, which is the in-display fingerprint scanner.

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