Samsung is developing a transparent smartphone, it seems. The company has patented one such design quite recently. This patent surfaced at WIPO, while Letsogodigital (and Guiseppe Spinelli aka Snoreyn) created some renders for everyone to check out.
This patent was published on August 27, while it was filed back in January this year. It is now making the rounds, though. This patent does explain the technology behind such a device.
It is worth noting that the same tech can be used for TVs, monitors, laptops, and so on. As a basis for this, the company is using an OLED display. Such a display is characterized by low power consumption, high brightness, and fast response time.
Samsung is developing a transparent smartphone with “transparent luminous display panel”
This display, in specific, is equipped with a transparent luminous display panel, through which light can shine. Therefore, the content can be displayed on it, and yet the light goes through it.
This display can be both flat and flexible, while a rollable display can also be created out of it, it seems. Patent sketches basically showed a modern-looking smartphone, which Letsgodigital recreated in the provided renders.
Do note that this is just a placeholder design, as the final product probably won’t look identical, if it ever comes to market that is.
LG actually patented something similar a while back. Xiaomi managed to release a see-through TV quite recently. So, the technology is already here, and we could see it make a transition to smartphones in the future.
Are transparent smartphones the future? Well, if we believe what sci-fi movies are telling us, then yes, they are. It remains to be seen, though. There are some drawbacks to such designs.
There are a number of questions that arise when it comes to this design
The first thing that comes to mind are cameras. You need to play both front and rear-facing cameras somewhere. If you place them in the usual spot, the phone will be transparent, but you’ll see those camera sensors, so it won’t exactly be completely transparent, and that defeats the purpose.
In order to solve that, OEMs could thicken up the bezels, include a thick top or bottom bezel. That would create a transparent smartphone which is not exactly bezel-less, which also doesn’t make sense.
Another drawback could be related to the viewing experience. Transparent displays may sound cool, but they may hinder what you see on the display. The content could be washed out, and too bright, without proper lumination.
These are only some potential issues when it comes to such displays. The question is, are such smartphones even worth developing. Foldable or rollable phones make more sense than transparent ones, in a way, but we’ll see.