Over the past few years, manufacturers have come up with a variety of forward-shooting options to increase the proportion of smartphone screens, such as notch slotting, electric lifts and punching screens. Interestingly, Samsung also wants to introduce new features to the screen area near the front camera, following the trend of Infinity-O punching screens. Dutch technology blog LetsGoDigital noted that Samsung Electronics filed a patent application with the State Intellectual Property Office of China (CNIPA) on October 16, 2019, containing five designs.
Interestingly, all five patents are focused on the selfie camera, and Samsung seems to see new opportunities to make it interact deeply with the system’s UI, such as the state of some of the tasks currently being performed.
For example, a user can view a ring-shaped countdown while recording, or keep an eye on the percentage of progress when downloading in the background. If you don’t want to see the ring, it’s not difficult to change to a rectangle (mainly for front single or double).
Samsung comes with a pre-single camera for the Galaxy S20 starter, but both the S20 Plus and S20 Ultra come with a pill-shaped front-facing dual. If you add animation, it obviously helps to improve the overall aesthetic and user experience.
Samsung depicts a variety of pre-camera IIs in its patent, such as top left, center, and top right (as well as single or dual-camera schemes). Unfortunately, it’s unclear whether Samsung has plans to launch a feature update in the near future.
Samsung is understood to have pioneered the Infinity-O pre-punch single-shot option, released in December 2018.
If all goes well, the company will also launch its flagship Galaxy Note 20 series in August.