During its Unpacked 2018 event at MWC 2018, Samsung announced new flagships in Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Executives couldn’t help but to poke fun at Apple and other OEMs for adopting a display notch, though a new patent from the South Korean company shows they’ll consider one after all.
Samsung isn’t the one laughing over the notch anymore, so it seems. The company recently patented a couple of smartphone designs, one with a display notch and another with a completely bezel-less look with no cutout for a front camera.
With the Galaxy S9 models, Samsung stayed away from a notch that would have allowed the company to increase screen-to-body ratio by slimming bezels even further. The notch has become an unfavorable trend that began with Apple and Essential, and has carried on to ASUS and possibly others that are yet to come. If Samsung were to adopt the technology, it would be the biggest brand to do so yet. In fact, even Google’s Android P software overhaul let’s manufacturers and users tinker with different notch styles. This would be rather surprising since Samsung elected to stick to its Infinity Display design of last year’s phones, avoid the notch all together and make fun of others who hopped on the wagon. Samsung was our last hope for a holdout against the notch that may disappear in a year’s time.
The notched design shows the notch housing the front camera and sensors. But the second patent (see directly above) shows an even more futuristic design language with what would be the first-ever true bezel-less phone with no notch and no cutout on the front panel. This would require the front-facing camera to be placed somewhere else, and the fingerprint scanner either on the device’s rear or beneath the display. This feature is said to be coming.
We’re still a ways away from Galaxy S10 and would not expect either of these new designs to be for the upcoming Galaxy Note 9. We have already seen what the next-gen Galaxy Note 9 could look like and there’s nothing that suggests a notch. But, things can still change and these designs could certainly be used in future handsets. I like what I see in the bezel-less design, but I think it’s far-fetched for today’s times. Let us know what you think of the patents in the comment section.