The ‘notch’ trend is catching air in the smartphone arena. After initially mocking the iPhone X notch, a new patent from Samsung suggests that the company has embraced the display notch. The patent, which was uncovered by Mobielkopen.net, reveals that the South Korean giant is looking to integrate a notch, among other changes, in their smartphone lineup.
It reminds us an old saying ‘you must steal or imitate if you are greatly impressed!‘
Th Chinese patent office SIPO published a patent from Samsung Electronics on 30th March 2018, requesting protection of some of its latest design aspects. In the new design, the smartphone is shown with the characteristic notch at the top of the display. Apparently, Samsung thought of hiding less technology in the notch which made it somewhat smaller than iPhone X’s. Other interesting features of the design include the absence of a fingerprint scanner at the back, the inclusion of the headphone jack, the dual camera is placed horizontally (unlike Samsung’s old style).
The Samsung’s notch will be helpful in further minimizing the edges and achieving a higher screen-to-body ratio than Apple. Interestingly, in a previous patent, Samsung has already registered a futuristic design which featured full-screen display without the notch, making it possible to achieve 99% screen to body ratio. With this design, everything would be embedded in the display. We are unsure about the time when this design would possibly surface, but it gives us the vision of future.
At the time of Galaxy S9 debut, Samsung took some jabs at Apple mocking the iPhone X’s notch and Face ID. Samsung, while touting about Galaxy S9’s infinity display that one could hardly tell where the screen ends, it boasted that there is no display notch. The Galaxy S9 also didn’t get rid of the fingerprint scanner, unlike Apple’s iPhone X.
This new patent contradicts Samsung’s attempts to be a differentiator in design, given that it always boasts of being kind of unique. Samsung has been taking shots at Apple in its ads too. A commercial titled ‘growing up‘ shows an Apple fanboy who switched to Note 8 after seeing the people in line for the iPhone, who had a ‘notch’ haircut. The ad shows how directly Samsung has challenged Apple.
iPhone X Notch: Samsung Is Not The Only Copycat
Though it was the Essential Phone, not iPhone X, that first sported a notch, but other OEMs, including Vivo, Oneplus, LG, ASUS, started getting fond of it after it was seen in the iPhone X. It is surprising to see how such fierce rivals are reliant on each other. But it is Samsung that has a decent bit of history with Apple’s phone designs. In 2012, Samsung was ordered to pay $1 billion to Apple for infringement of intellectual property that included phone designs.
Samsung has mirrored the developments of one of the most trusted Silicon Valley giants. Not likely a very audacious move on Samsung’s part. Various other smartphone manufacturers are inspired by the notch and have either announced or released phones sporting a display notch, including LG G7 and OnePlus 6.
The South Korean giant has lately been observed to be more than influenced by the Cupertino giant. Last week, an unreleased Galaxy device has surfaced with model number SM-G8850, and reportedly it has an iPhone X style dual camera setup. As of now, the device is only available in China.
We know that patents not always make it to the finished product, so you shouldn’t be too eager for this mysterious Samsung device. Samsung might release its Galaxy Note 9, codenamed Crown, this year earlier than expected. It is rumoured to have a 6.4-inch display.