A recent patent filed by Samsung shows a transparent smartphone design with slim bezels, based on a new display technology developed by the company. According to patent documents, the technology could make a fully transparent device possible, while still maintaining full display functionality. To help visualize this futuristic design, people put an end to it LetsGoDigital has teamed up with 3D artist Giuseppe Spinelli, aka Snoreyn, to create a series of renders of patented technology. The artist’s rendered image displays the classic One UI in a lymphid display, showing the device’s possible appearance.
Photos courtesy of LetsGoDigital and 3D artist Giuseppe Spinelli
Of course, any such device is completely conceptual for now, and many other aspects of design will need to be further developed to make this possible. To turn the concept into reality, Samsung would either need to create transparent versions of the phone’s internal components or find a way to stuff them into the device’s super-slim bezels – neither of which seems an easy task.
The other key question, perhaps, is why anyone wants a transparent performance. Although it may not be a smart idea to promote the use of your smartphone to everyone, performance can still have many potential benefits, such as the possibility of a two-sided touchscreen. This can also be of great benefit for AR experiences.
Other companies have also focused on similar concepts, such as Sony’s transparent display patent from 2018, or Concept One of OnePlus. While the potential and desirability of this ultramodern design are not yet clear, it is certainly an eye-catching concept that one is looking for.