This afternoon there’s word that Samsung and LG will avoid a notch in their next big smartphones. Not because they don’t want to roll with a notch – they don’t seem to have a big issue with that. Because, instead, both Samsung and LG might soon be producing sound-producing OLED display technology. That’ll be weird to experience, no matter how you cut it.
This morning a report from ETNews suggested Samsung was well on its way to releasing sound-emitting OLED display tech. This doesn’t necessarily mean Samsung will release a Galaxy S10 without a bezel at all – on the contrary. They’ll likely have a bigger bezel than some of their biggest competitors.
ABOVE: Vis EN.DB, a prototype of Samsung Display’s “Sound Display” technology, photographed at SID 2018 Display Week exhibition.
What it means is that Samsung might be first to the party with a new tech that’ll allow them to go further with fewer visible parts. Instead of relatively large speaker grilles up front or down near the power port, Samsung could have a fully flat display glass. With sound-emitting OLED, Samsung could create new waves in industrial design in the mobile universe.
LG will get in on the mix as well, if this report is to be believed. Both LG and Samsung are apparently developing this technology now and will have production-level hardware by “early next year.” That means a next-level LG-G9, more than likely – and quite possibly a Samsung Galaxy S10.
Or we might see this tech appear in the Samsung Galaxy X. That’s a device that’s been rumored for a few years but seems to be coming toward reality right inside the 2019 market season. Samsung Galaxy X is rumored to come with a folding display, allowing one-handed use on the regular, and a larger panel when the user is at rest. That’d benefit highly from a lack of need for additional visible parts – especially since it’ll be one major moving part in and of itself.
The tech is said to use a 6.2-inch panel as its testing ground, making way for the Galaxy S10 Plus or a Galaxy Note 10, easy peasy. The technology is said to use bone conduction and vibration to transmit sounds. These sounds are said to transmit between the 100 – 8000Hz range. No word yet on if this means there won’t be any other sort of speakerphone tech – but we’d imagine there must be.
Have a peek at the timeline below for more information on the Samsung Galaxy S10. This device is going to be a doozy, even if that means Samsung has to release some technological breakthroughs nobody knew they wanted!