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Samsung working on a phone with a ‘perfect full screen’, rumours suggest

Is this what Samsung's next folding will look like? (Image: LetsGoDigital)

An artist’s impression of a futuristic Samsung folding phone (Image: LetsGoDigital)

Tech fans are used to buying phones with striking wraparound screens.

But they have also becoming wearingly familiar with the infamous ‘notch’ required to fit front-facing ‘selfie cameras’ onto handsets.

The dreaded notch was most famously seen on the iPhone X and powered its revolutionary Face ID system, which lets users unlock the device by scanning their face.

Since then, we’ve seen this maligned design feature on a number of phones and no-one is particularly happy about it.

So notchophobes might be pleased to hear that Samsung is rumoured to be working on a phone which will do away with the notch and allow a ‘perfect full screen’.

The South Korean website MyDrivers has claimed Samsung is developing a front-facing camera which fits underneath the main screen, rather than requiring a slot to be fitted into the display.

This development would not only give a major aesthetic boost. It would also protect the camera lens from dust and damage, although a cracked or dirty screen would play havoc with the hidden lens.

Samsung is also understood to have designed a smartphone with two or more screens that offers photographers a truly revolutionary ability.

It’s been granted a patent for a device with a display on the front and back.

The gadget will be able to run speech translation apps and show text to two people at the same time.

But it will also bring a big change to the way you take photographs.

With most smartphones right now, the person who’s posing for an image has no way of seeing what the picture might look like

On the left, you can see what might be displayed whilst a photographer is snapping a picture (Image: Samsung)

This drawing demonstrates how a translation app could take advantage of two displays (Image: Samsung)

A drawing of the phone itself (Image: Samsung)

If Samsung’s patent ever inspires a real phone, it will show the a view from the camera lens on both sides.

This means that you’ll be able to see what a picture looks like before and after it’s taken, which means you can hold a pose and let your photographer keep snapping away.

The design also features a sensor to work out which screen you’re looking at by detecting your hand as it ‘hovers’ over one of the displays.

It’s not known whether Samsung is planning to release its Janus phone, because a patent is not a guarantee that a product will go into production.

In China, you can already buy a phone with two screens called the Vivo NEX Dual Display.

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