Samsung already makes phones with curved displays but it has always been limited to just two sides. A publicized patent filed in November 2018 at the World Intellectual Property Organization shows the Korean phone manufacturer may want to make one with all the sides curved including the top and bottom.
Does the design sound familiar? Yes, the Honor Magic from 2016 also has all its sides curved but Samsung’s is a bit different. The major difference is the size of the bezels. Unlike the Honor Magic which has thick bezels at the top and bottom, Samsung’s phone keeps them to a minimum for a practically all-screen design.
Another difference is that Samsung hides the sensors and front-facing camera under the display. Since the display is curved and laying the camera flat will result in distorted images, the patent says the sensor is placed at an angle. There isn’t a fingerprint scanner on the back or sides which means it is also under the screen. The patent diagram shows the phone has dual rear cameras and a single button on the side.
3D Renders by LetsGoDigital supporting the patent
LetsGoDigital has made 3D renders of the device to give us an idea what the phone may look like. The images suggest that it is going to be a slippery phone although the patent says the curves will provide a firmer grip. The patent says the back which is also curved on all sides can be made of metal. However, Samsung’s undying love for Glass-back will probably be the material of choice.