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Samsung working on behind-the-display selfie camera

Samsung is reportedly developing a selfie camera fitted behind the screen.

The South Korean firm are said to be working on finding a resolution for making the bezel on the front of their phones vanish to allow for a smoother overall design of the device.

However, according to the Twitter account @Samsung_News, it's not "likely" to be put on the market until at least 2020.

Their tweet reads: "#Samsung is working on a new technology trying to hide the front camera underneath the display. My sources told me that there are just a hand full of prototypes using this technology. I don't think we'll see this feature in retail phones until 2020, but who knows (sic)"

If they do complete the installation by 2020, it means it would be ready in time for the new Galaxy S11 device.

Other rival phone brands are currently working on reducing the size of the bezel, before pushing it behind the display entirely.

The selfie camera news comes after Samsung filed a patent for an anti-fingerprint smartphone screen.

The special self-healing screen will be able to "fix" itself as well as have "anti-fingerprinting composition" properties.

They wrote in the patent: "Provided is an anti-fingerprinting composition and a film including the anti-fingerprinting composition having a low friction coefficient with excellent slip properties, excellent water repellency, and high hardness and transparency. The film it may be self-healed after being scratched and has excellent flexibility and thus may be applied to a flexible device and the like. A laminate including the film and a device including the same are provided.

"In an embodiment, an anti-fingerprinting composition having a self-healing property includes a polyrotaxane, a polyhedral silsesquioxane, and a fluorinated (meth)acryl compound. The polyrotaxane may be a compound including a cyclic molecule, a linear molecule penetrating a ring of the cyclic molecule, and a capping group at each terminal end of the linear molecule."

The technology firm are keen to develop the "self-healing protective films" available already on the market and make them resist fingerprints too.

They added: "Many commercially available self-healing protective films have a high tacky (sticky) property and a high coefficient of friction relative to a surface on which they are disposed, so that the self-healing protective films have unfavorable slip properties and insufficient self-healing characteristics. An anti-fingerprinting film is a relatively brittle coating film having a three-dimensional cross-linked structure, and as a result, has a deteriorated flexibility.

"A scratch is formed in the anti-fingerprinting film when a polymer chain forming the film is cut due to an external stress. Such anti-fingerprinting films rarely demonstrate self-healing characteristics after being scratched, so their application to a device having self-healing characteristics is limited. Thus, it would be advantageous to provide an anti-fingerprinting film having good slip properties instead of the self-healing protective film, or which may be additionally formed on the surface of the self-healing protective film. As used herein, the term "anti-fingerprinting" refers to a material prevents the deposition of fingerprints on a surface."

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