The ideal smartphone is all screen with no buttons or borders — here’s how close it is to becoming a reality

vivo phone with synaptics hidden fingerprint sensor

Smartphone makers have had us drooling for years over the idea of a phone that’s all screen, with no buttons or borders to interrupt the pure design. But try as they might, the concept hasn’t exactly come to fruition. The most popular devices have come with extremely thin bezels, or, like the iPhone X, feature thin bezels with a notch towards the top of the phone to house the phone’s camera and all its front-facing sensors.

Still, we’ve been seeing more patents and murmurings of an all-screen phone. Here are some details on what may or may not be in the smartphone pipeline:

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Several details have surfaced in recent days suggesting that smartphone designs could shift in many different directions.

An image shared by Slashleaks last week showcased a prototype of a truly bezel-less smartphone by the Chinese manufacturer, Vivo. The device also has no visible home button and leads us to assume that it is similar to the Vivo X20 Plus, which the manufacturer announced in January as the first mobile device with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Vivo isn’t the only manufacturer considering the truly edge-less design.

Samsung recently registered a patent for a smartphone with a “full screen-filling display.” Images included with the patent suggest there could be a component at the top of the display, which LetsGoDigital refers to as a top notch. However, it could also be a cut out for a front speaker. There is no indication from the images that the screen isn’t continuous.

It might take awhile for all-screen phones to become mainstream.

Apple’s iPhone line looks like it will feature the TrueDepth camera system (a.k.a. “the notch”) for the foreseeable future, and Google is also rumored to be working on a …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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