The Transparent smartphone
Once, you heard about the transparent smartphone. Though many smartphone manufacturers have been developing this innovative technology for eras, there are as yet no devices available that are entirely transparent. In 2018, LetsGoDigital already reported on a Sony smartphone with a double-sided transparent display. The Korean company LG has even patented a transparent foldable phone. Samsung also seems to be working in the contextual on the development of a transparent smart phone
About the Samsung transparent smartphone
In January 2020, Samsung Electronics filed a efficacy patent with the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) and WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office). The patent was issued on August 27, 2020 and describes the technology needed to generate a transparent smartphone device. Otherwise, the technology could also be appropriate to other consumer electronics products, such as a TV, monitor, laptop, game console and camera.
As a foundation, an OLED display is used, which is characterized by its low power consumption, high brightness and a faster response time than conventional LCD displays. The OLED screen is equipped with a transparent luminous display panel through which light can shine. Thus, content can be displayed on the transparent screen while users can concurrently see through the phone.
It can be a flat display, but also a flexible screen that can bend, fold or roll – according to the patent explanation. It is a theoretically defined patent that goes into great detail about the different layers and components required to succeed transparency.
The patent images show a modern smartphone with narrow bezels and a large transparent screen. Based on these images, LetsGoDigital create in teamwork with Giuseppe Spinelli, aka Snoreyn, a series of 3D renders to better visualize the patented technology. These renders are for descriptive purposes only. Giuseppe caused a furore earlier this year with his Galaxy Z Flip and PlayStation 5 concepts.
Advantages and disadvantages of transparent phones
Of course it sounds quite innovative, a mobile phone that can be put in a transparent mode to see straight through the device. Your friends will definitely want to have a look at that! But is it possible and what are the direct advantages and disadvantages of this technological innovation?
Although transparent phones are not yet available, we have seen some models of transparent mobile displays over the years. Some feature phones have also been released with such a type of display, such as the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness.
The Chinese smartphone producer Xiaomi also frequently releases Transparent Editions, including the recently introduced Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra. However, only the back of these devices is transparent. This gives users an insight into the mechanisms that are processed in the phone.
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