The newest trend of smartphone design with bezelless display and highest possible screen-to-body ratio leaves no more room for sensors to embed in. Two of the market leaders – Samsung and Apple have tried to counter the issue.
We’ve seen Samsung leaving a small edge at the top to place sensors therein while Apple introduced a “notch” in the display to place camera and other sensors for the iPhone X. It seems that Apple’s latest venture has become inspiration for others as new patents filed by Samsung hint to a possible arrival of the notch to a Samsung smartphone.
For the iPhone X, we’ve seen for the first time an ugly looking notch at the top edge of display hiding front-facing cameras, sensors and speakers under the screen. As far as the rumors go, the same notch will be found on all upcoming iPhones in coming years.
And if Samsung adopts the same feature, we’re quite sure to see upcoming flagship devices from other brands to introduce their own notches.
Samsung Galaxy Notch
According to details shared by Mobilekopen, the South Korean tech giant has applied for a patent with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on 3 July 2017 that was published on 11 January 2018 in the organization’s database.
It is evident from the sketches that Samsung is working on several smartphone designs with bezelless screens, front-facing cameras and sensors; all hidden by a quite similar yet different notch to iPhone X.
Although it is quite sure that the new design is not meant for Galaxy 9 that is due to be unveiled at the MWC 2018 but it is rumoured that the new patents would possibly be introduced with Note 9 that may be unveiled by November this year or it may lead to earlier 2019.
The patents showcase the notch not occupying too much space but doing the job well. Samsung doesn’t seem to consider bigger notches mainly because of two reasons; not to go for the 3D depth-sensing technology for Face ID anytime soon and not to waste its reputation by copying its closest rival’s design exactly in the same manner.
One of the images shows a smartphone design with larger Infinity Display having front-facing camera placed in the top right corner while the other one shows a quiet elegant yet far from reach approach, similar to Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, though the camera is placed at the top, instead of awkwardly placing it on the bottom. View the sketches of the patent below:
It is also revealed from the sketches above that the fingerprint sensor is placed under the screen rather than placing it on the back and Samsung has no plans to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack anytime soon.
How do you feel to see notch-supported smartphones in future?