While iPhone 12 may currently rule the roost and all the talk is of folding phones – both existing ones, which nobody is really buying, but there is a buzz – and potential 2021 foldable phone designs. However, there is another way. Like a further development of its old Galaxy Edge line, Samsung is said to be lining up a Samsung Galaxy phone with a completely surround display. It might even turn out to be the Samsung Galaxy S21.
Devices with this kind of surround display boast a screen that wraps around the chassis, essentially transforming its exterior into a single panel, and Samsung's design is the most advanced we've seen yet. Xiaomi's stunning Mi Mix Alpha attempted to pull off a similar feat, but the display is interrupted by a sliver of housing on one side. In Samsung’s case, the screen is meant to flow all the way around the edges.
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Samsung’s design is seamless, thanks to transparent housing, which harks back to a patent the company filed in January for a a completely transparent smartphone. There's no visible frame, and no camera notch – the handset utilises the under-display camera that Samsung has been working on and is rumored to debut in the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
It won’t have a flash, but will allow for video calls, and other such functions. Additionally, this camera will constantly detect its surroundings in order to establish which parts of the surround display to activate at any given time. For instance, if you place the phone face-down on the table, the camera will know to activate the rear surface.
This tech applies to the 'front-facing' camera but Samsung has adopted a novel solution for the camera on the reverse. The patent described a sliding form factor that reveals a secondary camera array.