Despite the fact that tech companies have been rushing to unveil smartphones with edge-to-edge screens, there's yet to be a geniune "all-screen" phone.
But a patent recently filed by Samsung indicates that it may have found a way to design smartphones with a full edge-to-edge screen, without compromising in terms of front-side camera or other standard technology
In addition to working on a fully flexible display, a development that was expected to be debuted at MWC 2017, the leaked patent details a new type of phone that only consists of a flexible OLED screen with no bezel at all.
The screen will contain perforations that enable the phone's camera, speakers and various other front-facing features to work without requiring iPhone X-style notches.
Yet, the images displayed by gadget website LetsGoDigital not only show a smartphone with a screen that can be rolled up, but which can accommodate camera and other devices without compromising screen real estate.
Interestingly, the image appears to show a home button, which has become a somewhat conventional feature for Android handsets. However, it won't be clickable. More images can be found here.
Instead, it'll be another place where Samsung can chuck in important sensors. The button section does seems pretty large, so it could easily accomodate a 3D sensor - just like the iPhone X.
Of course, it's extremely unlikely that Samsung will implement these design features for the upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus - but we could see them in future handsets.
If Samsung does go down the all-screen route, it will almost certainly end up battling it out with Apple. The two companies had a well-documented legal battle between 2012 and 2017 that ended up with Samsung paying a considerable sum of money in damages to Apple.
However, Apple was not able to make its US injunction against Samsung stick.
In November that a court ordered Samsung to pay Apple $120 million in damages for copying its trademark slide-to-unlock feature, a decision that should bring hostilities to a close - for the time being.
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