Samsung, don’t give in!! We’ve seen a number of manufacturers embrace the “display notch” when it comes to the 2018 refresh of flagship smartphones. Up until this point, Samsung has stayed the course, delivering the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+with traditional Infinity Displays. However, a newly uncovered design patent shows that Samsung could be pulled to the Dark Side with future Galaxy smartphones.
The images in the design patent show a device with minimal display bezels and a notched display at the top that houses the selfie camera, speaker and various other sensors. Out back, we see dual cameras and an LED flash, but no apparent signs of a fingerprint reader. That leads us to believe that Samsung will be incorporating a new in-display fingerprint sensorat some point in the future.
Other features of the device are pretty much run-of-the-mill, with visual confirmation of the top-mounted nano SIM/microSD slot, along with a power button and volume rocker along the sides. You’ll also be pleased to see that a 3.5mm headphone jack is still included beside the USB-C port at the bottom of the device.
Notched displays have become quite controversial for Android (and Apple) enthusiasts, although they didn’t garner much backlash when first introduced on the Essential Phone. The real fervor arose when the iPhone X was announced in September with its wide display notch. Since that time, numerous Chinese OEMs have announced knockoffs, and even well-known companies like LG (with the LG G7 ThinQ) and OnePlus (with the OnePlus 6) have also embraced the notch. ASUS, however, has shown the most brazen admiration of the iPhone X notch with the ZenFone 5 family.
In addition to the notched display that was revealed, there’s also another design patent (seen above) which shows a Galaxy smartphone with what looks to be a 99 percent screen-to-body ratio. However, the design leaves no room for an earpiece speaker, front-facing cameras or other forward sensors, which leaves some doubts as to the viability of such a design.