After Selfie Camera, Samsung To Embed Speaker Under the Display

Yes, it’s no longer a new thing for a Samsung phone with a selfie camera inside the display, thanks the arrival of Galaxy A8s and the much anticipated Galaxy S10 is expected to follow suit. But the next level in the “war against the top bezel” is the elimination of traditional loudspeaker and using the display as one.

We’ve talked about this before – Samsung is planning to use piezoelectric actuators embedded into the display to produce sound – Samsung calls it Sound on Display, and it will show it off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this January.

Samsung Galaxy S10 concept render
Samsung Galaxy S10 concept render


This technology of sound transition is not actually strange – the original Xiaomi Mi Mix used piezoelectricity to deliver sound but the technology wasn’t quite ready at the time and Xiaomi had to revert back to the conventional speaker instead in Mi Mix 2.

However industry reports suggest that many phone makers are now ready to replace conventional speakers with piezoelectric ones. LG will show off a TV that uses its 65-inch display as a speaker at the CES show and some Chinese phone makers are also reportedly working on embedding piezoelectric speakers into smartphone displays, but whether we’ll see them at CES is questionable. Like the in-display selfie camera, it’s easier to use piezoelectric actuators in an OLED rather than an LCD.

TV that uses its 65-inch display as a speaker
Alleged LG 65-inch TV that uses its display as a speaker

It’s unclear if Samsung will have the technology ready for the Galaxy S10 but here’s hoping it makes it to the Galaxy Note 10 in the fall of 2019.

I bet you, 2019 is going to interesting in terms of new invention and technologies.


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