It looks as though Samsung's next flagship phone, the Galaxy S10, will feature a full-front display instead of a notched design or a chunky bezel. Samsung has not yet officially announced the Galaxy S10, of course, but a recently discovered patent filing may provide clues as to what direction the company is taking its Galaxy line.
This is an interesting time for Samsung. The company recently teased a prototype of a folding smartphone with an Infinity Flex display that allows it to double as a tablet, somewhat putting an end to all the rumors and speculation to that point. In similar fashion, there have been plenty of rumors and speculation in regards to the Galaxy S10, and specifically its display.
Just last week, a patent application filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) pointed to a design that shoves the camera and various other sensors underneath the display, thereby negating the need for a bezel or notch. It was quite the ambitious patent application—it even mentioned a "hologram device" being present.
Now a week later, Dutch site LetsGoDigital posted a new batch of patent application images that purportedly show what Samsung is doing with its Infinity-O display. The images show a distinct punch-hole in the upper-left corner. Interestingly, notorious leaker and inside man Evan Blass (@evleaks on Twitter) posted a few preliminary details about the Galaxy S10, including a "punch-hole style selfie cam cutout." He also indicated the upcoming handset would feature a triple camera arrangement on the rear.
Samsung's new batch of patent images show a dozen display designs. Most of them have a punch-hole, with the only discernible difference being the corners. There's no accompanying description for any of the models, just sketches that show a few different directions Samsung could go, including curved and flat designs.
All will be revealed sometime next year, probably around Mobile World Congress.