Samsung will include a key OnePlus 6T feature in future Galaxy smartphones

It's not the 'Flagship Killer' price tag

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It's clear Samsung has no plans to board the notch bandwagon with its upcoming Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 smartphones, with the company openly mocking the Google Pixel 3 XL on social media over the cut-out included in its display.

However, it now seems Samsung will avoid that ever-growing trend in smartphone design by embedding its selfie camera, proximity and ambient light sensors, front-facing speakers and fingerprint scanner beneath an edge-to-edge glass display.

OnePlus has already confirmed plans to include the latter in its hotly-anticipated OnePlus 6T, which is set to be unveiled during a ticketed event on October 29. Huawei also recently launched the Mate 20 Pro with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

So, the in-display fingerprint scanner alone is not much to differentiate the upcoming Galaxy devices from other rival handsets. However, the ability to squeeze the front-facing speakers, camera, iris scanner, proximity and light sensors as well sounds very interesting indeed. The South Korean technology firm teased its plans during a private presentation with customers held in China last week.

Reliable tipster Ice Universe tweeted a photo of the Samsung keynote, which revealed the tech that could make the notch – and the entire bezel – unnecessary for future Galaxy devices.

It seems unlikely these features will be ready in time for the S10, with sources speaking suggesting the first truly all-screen Galaxy devices won't arrive until 2020.

According to leakster Samsung Mobile News: "Samsung is working on a new technology trying to hide the front camera underneath the display. My sources told me that there are just a hand full of prototypes using this technology.

"I don't think we'll see this feature in retail phones until 2020, but who knows."

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Embedding the front-facing selfie camera, speakers, and sensors beneath the glass would allow Samsung to avoid using a notch in its next design

That said, Samsung has already teased that fans can expect to see a major design refresh coming to the Galaxy S line-up with its next handset after two years of iterating the Galaxy S7 Edge template. So, there's at least a little hope this ambitious technology could be coming down the pipeline sooner than expected.

Elsewhere, the Galaxcy S10 is widely-rumoured to have a self-healing display that prevents light scratches by repairing itself. Granted, it won't be able to stop cracks if you drop the phone – but it could stop smaller nicks and lines on the glass display.

The next Galaxy is also rumoured to have a triple-camera system on the back, as well as 5G network compatibilty, and improved artificial intelligence.