In 2018 we heard for the first time the news that Samsung was working on a phone with a transparent screen, or at least it was what a patent registered by the South Korean manufacturer said, however, 2 years later the firm has re-registered a patent with a new development on a phone with a transparent screen, which in addition to having design lines more attached to recent Samsung launches, reiterates that the firm is constantly working on this development.

The patent was registered with the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) and the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) earlier this year, but was published until August 27, 2020. It describes perfectly Samsung’s idea to make it work, however, there are still several doubts about how functional a device with these characteristics could be, especially considering that Samsung’s idea is to have a totally transparent screen, so the doubt is … where will all the components go?

Samsung patent.

How does Samsung want to have a smartphone with a transparent screen?

The patent describes that the screen will be OLED, and will be equipped with a transparent luminous panel that allows content to be displayed through light, in this way users can view the content of the screen and at the same time see what is behind it , such as your hand holding the device. The same patent clarifies that the transparent OLED screen can be flexible as in the Galaxy Z.

The LetsGo Digital medium in collaboration with the artist Giuseppe Spinelli have created some images of what the Samsung device could look like based on the information and plans shown in the patent.

Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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As we mentioned earlier, one of the big unknowns is… where are the components and how will they be able to hide them? Well, that part is not explained in the patent, but if we take as a reference the developments of other firms also in the field of transparent screens, perhaps it is most likely that these components are found on the sides of the equipment, which obviously it would make your side frames quite wide.

As far as the camera module is concerned, these could be on the top edge, but again, these edges would not be like the ones we see on phones today, because they should have enough space to mount the photographic sensors and not interfere with the screen.

Galaxy smartphone
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Another detail that is discussed in the patent is that the firm could make only part of the entire screen transparent, which could result in a more “normal” smartphone in terms of design, but with the innovation of a transparent OLED display.

Does a smartphone with a transparent screen make sense?

Due to the problems that brands seem to have with this technology in a phone that is usable and comfortable, it is likely that we are still a few years away from seeing the first commercial device with this technology, but that Samsung is not the only firm working on this development. , and that they have even been working and patenting developments for more than 2 years indicates that it is a path that the firm is experiencing and that it will not leave easily.

Xiaomi recently launched the first Smart TV with a transparent screen, so it is not crazy to think of a phone with this same technology, although the challenge is obviously much greater.