The patent shows Samsung smartphone with a screen that extends curved to the sides of the device. Camera and sensors are processed under the display.
last years the screen edges of smartphones have been drastically reduced. New solutions have been sought for the sensors and the front camera, such as the pop-up camera, a rotating camera or a hole in the display. However, the developments do not stop there. Where will it go in the coming years?
This time the Korean manufacturer has not so much patented the rounded display, the new patent explains extensively how such a screen can be implemented in a mobile phone. The curved screen extends all the way to the four edges of the device. The whole looks very futuristic and also offers new operating options.
Samsung phone with 3D curved screen
At the end of 2018, Samsung Electronics filed a patent with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) for an ‘Electronic device with full display’. The patent was requested from America and from Korea, both were published on June 6, 2019.
We see a fairly round-shaped smartphone, with a flat display surface on the front with four curved display modules around it. This creates a 3D curved design. The housing runs at least in all angles relative to the display, making the device more resistant to drops and bumps. The patent also shows two models, with the first model the frame edge is just a bit thicker and wider than with the second model.
The back of the device can be made partially of glass, although the patent reserves the possibility of using other materials. Think of metal, so that the housing can also function as an antenna radiator, which benefits the mobile signal. In addition, glass housing ensures that wireless charging is made possible.
The same curvature is applied to the rear as to the front, making the smartphone considerably thinner on the sides and top and bottom than in the middle of the device. The round design should also contribute to a better grip, according to the patent description.
The front camera and associated sensors are implemented in the curved display area. To prevent this curvature causing image distortions, the flat camera module is placed with a tilt. The curved screen ensures that the whole still looks aesthetically good. The fingerprint sensor is also processed under the screen.
The camera system at the rear accommodates several camera lenses, these are implemented in the straight part of the housing, in the middle. They are placed vertically apart on the patent sketches. However, the final design may differ from the sketches, after all it is not a design patent, but a so-called utility patent. In other words, it is about technological innovation, the usefulness and advantages of the invention.
Although the patent does not elaborate on the additional operating options, it is clearly stated that the curved display areas must also offer additional functionality. The previous patent already showed several examples of this. For example, the side can be used to display frequently used app icons. The top and / or bottom can also function as a multimedia player.