Samsung patents Galaxy smartphone with transparent display

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The technology can also be applied to other consumer products like TV, laptop, monitor, camera, or game console. We know this is possible because Xiaomi already has its transparent TV offering. For this transparent phone, an OLED display will be used. This means the same low power consumption but with faster response time and high brightness. The idea is that the transparent display can be flat or flexible. It can be rolled or folded as per the description of the patent.

It can be a flat display, but also a flexible screen that can bend, fold, and/or roll – according to the patent description. It is a technically defined patent that goes into great detail about the different layers and components required to achieve transparency. In January 2020, Samsung Electronics filed a utility patent with the USPTO (the United States Patent and Trademark Office) and WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office). The patent was published on August 27, 2020, and describes the technology needed to create a transparent smartphone.

Design 

  • Samsung has developed transparent OLED displays in the past, but these were mainly used for signage.
  • In a smartphone, where space for hardware is limited, the tech gets a little more complicated.
  • As a basis, an OLED display is used, which is characterized by low power consumption, high brightness, and faster response time than conventional LCD displays.
  • The OLED screen is equipped with a transparent luminous display panel through which light can shine.
  • Each pixel on the phone’s display would allow light to pass through it, effectively rendering the screen transparent.
  • In Samsung’s patent drawings, that transparent screen resembles a window through which the holder’s hand can be seen. Only the bezels seem to be opaque.
  • Thus, content can be displayed on the transparent screen while users can simultaneously see through the phone.

A set of renders has been shared by our source to give us a glimpse of a transparent smartphone. It’s only a concept but we like the idea. Rumor has is Samsung is considering a transparent display that may be used on a mobile device.

Pros 

  • This gives users an insight into the components that are processed on the phone.
  • This immediately reveals an important disadvantage when it comes to the development of real transparent smartphones.
  • These cannot be placed behind the screen as is currently the case.  
  • Perhaps certain advantages can also be achieved in the field of Augmented Reality.

Cons

  • In addition, manufacturers have been working for some time on the possibility to downsize components without compromising functions.
  • Some phone models have been released with a 3D display. In practice, however, it appears this does not always provide the desired user experience. Many people get disoriented from the 3D effects or get even nauseous.
  • Although a transparent display will offer a completely different experience, the question remains to what extent our eyes can properly distinguish between the foreground and the background.

 These patents rarely develop into mainstream devices, so don’t expect Samsung to launch a transparent Galaxy S or Note series shortly. But the search for the next big smartphone innovation is taking companies to extreme, if not impractical lengths.