Embrace the notch! Samsung design patent details display with a sensor cutout, looks awfully familiar


With the smartphone industry rapidly pivoting into bezel-less display territory, one major problem starts to arise: where are all those front-facing sensors supposed to go? Right now, there's several courses of action: either leaving some minimal bezel above the screen, or shoving them under it instead.

Or — as the Essential Phone proved and the OLED iPhone will reiterate — you can also slice off a portion of the top of the display and dedicate it to the front camera, earpiece, and whatever other sensors you think are necessary.

But great minds think alike, as the old saying goes, as it seems Essential and Apple aren't the only ones to arrive at this conclusion. The folks over at GalaxyClub have just uncovered a particularly interesting design patent from Samsung demonstrating its own take on the idea of the display notch.

The application, which was submitted to and approved by KIPRIS, the South Korean equivalent to the USPTO, exclusively focuses on the idea of cutting away a piece of the screen and putting a front-facing camera inside. Do note that the images provided show a tiny notch, but this is just a possible implementation for illustration purposes only.

The patent was filed back in May 2016, which is from way before Samsung put out its Infinity Display–equipped Galaxy S8 on the market. But that doesn't necessarily mean the company had (or has) any intention of releasing such a device, as companies tend to file patents for all sorts of ideas their employees work on. Still, it's certainly fun to imagine what a notch-equipped Samsung smartphone would look like.


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57 Comments

1. kevin97

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

Except the Samsung cutout looks fugly :)

5. tedkord

Posts: 17303; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They both do.

54. audibot

Posts: 600; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

it better be a cutout for a big ass front speaker

55. audibot

Posts: 600; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

i hate this no bezel phone crap its stupid

2. haruken

Posts: 306; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Essential did it first, so I'm not sure what iPhoneArena is implying.

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The patent was filed back in May 2016, which is from way before Samsung put out its Infinity Display–equipped Galaxy S8 on the market. Pretty sure they are not implying anything since the information is IN the article

8. tedkord

Posts: 17303; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The headline certainly seems to be implying something.

10. slow00

Posts: 97; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

another slow day for iphone arena....a click bait headline is a smart way to start a flame war and increase traffic great work Kaloyan!!

12. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Apple consistently gets approved for patents they filed years ago, but Android fans swear they are copying something from a recent Android phone. This is the exact same situation.

33. AxelFoley unregistered

Apple files for patents 2 years ago for things that had been implemented 3 years ago. Example, slide to unlock, rounded corners, centered screens, pattern unlock (yes, Apple filed a patent for it years after every Android had it). But don't take my word for it, ask Fortune Magazine: "In an August ruling, they agreed to consider new "prior art" evidence, which led them to a commonsense conclusion: the rounded rectangles design is obvious, and should not have been granted a patent in the first place." http://fortune.com/2015/08/19/apple-patents-rounded-corners/ In other words, any defense you try to make for Apple is pure BS.

41. tedkord

Posts: 17303; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You've kind of got that backwards.

50. Macready

Posts: 1817; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

The first date of the patent was even October 2nd 2015, followed by May 20th 2016.

36. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

They are implying Samsung was gonna copy Apple, even though the patent shows they likely had the concept of the idea first, since they actually have patent for it.

52. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Again, Apple gets blamed this way all the time. You Android guys never want to except it. Now your whining about this happening to Samsung. Stay consistent folks!

3. Diego!

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Oh no! Samsung is copying Essential Phone as Apple copied them first! iPhoneArena is doing it again...

4. zodd1982

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

iPhone 8 Displays are from Samsung... Lol

7. tedkord

Posts: 17303; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Before the trolls roll in shouting about Samsung copying Apple, this was filed a year and a third ago, May 2016. Back then, there weren't even rumors of a bezel free iPhone.

15. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Dumb post tbh. So you don't think apple had also planned their phone long before now? in fact, may 2016 seems awfully close enough to proof that samsung copied the notch from the iphone 8. The iphone 8 has been planned since 2014 in fact hey were even already rumors of a 10 anniversary iphone since 2016, just like they have been actively planning for faceID for 7 years also. Go figure!

22. AxelFoley unregistered

No. This was a dumb post, tbh: "17. Bankz (Posts: 2071; Member since: 08 Apr 2016) The iphone 8 will have true wireless charging with a distance of up to 5m" Based on your track record with accuracy, we're really supposed to believe you and your"Apple was thinking of it 5 years ago" posts. Apparently, there are a whole lot of rumors about everything...and you're the one starting them. Now, what do you have to say about Apple patenting "slide to unlock" , which wasn't a "rumor", but executed on the Neonode, then suing everyone they could , like Motorola and Samsung, with a copied patent?

23. aegislash

Posts: 1475; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Lmao Axel, he was dead wrong and yet he's still acting like an Apple insider. Does anybody even care about his BS anymore?

26. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1377; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

You have no idea when Apple started development of the iPhone 8, but most companies usually stick to a development window of about two years and even then they can't always do what they had in mind. Samsung was rumored to bring in screen fingerprint scanners with the S8, until technical problems kept them from doing so. Rumors about the iPhone 8 say Apple ran into similar problems with various components. And obviously there were rumors about a tenth anniversary iPhone, because its the tenth anniversary of the iPhone. It only makes sense. And yes Apple has been playing with Face ID for years, never implementing it though. The only reason they're likely including it now is because the embedded fingerprint scanner tech wasn't satisfactory and they didn't have much of a choice.

29. AxelFoley unregistered

I love this: "The iphone 8 has been planned since 2014 in fact hey were even already rumors of a 10 anniversary iphone since 2016," Well in that case let me say on the bahalf of Bankz, Apple is planning for the iphone 20 (or iphone XX or iphone double edition) in 2027. There is a rumor that Apple wants to keep making phones for another 10 years. That's right. You heard it here first, folks.

39. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Can you prove this? How can Apple make Touch ID? SHow me proof Appel made Touch ID? You can't because they didn't. Apple bought Authentec who is the company who make FPS hardware and software. Apple simply had a home button large enough to get a print without a swipe. But Apple did not own the tech. They patented it after they bought Authentec. You are such a fool!

43. tedkord

Posts: 17303; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I never said any such thing. I simply said that Samsung did not copy this from Apple, as proven by the file date. Which makes your post the dumb one, TBH.

9. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Copying as always. Sams**t is a f**king disgrace to the entire smartphone business. All they do is put up some bulls**t gimmicks and rip of poor uninformed consumers. f**k Sams**t.

13. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1377; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

*sighs* So much anger over something so insignificant, which was filed back in May 2016. *Tsk tsk* Did you take your Prozac today?

14. aegislash

Posts: 1475; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Being this butthurt over a phone......yikes.

16. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I remember Sammy copying the apple manual page after page for the birth of the galaxy S Series, Lmao..

17. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1377; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Nobody is saying they're original, least of all me, but let's be fair, Apple's history is full of theft of other's ideas and trying to pass it off as their own. They're just as bad as Samsung.

56. tedkord

Posts: 17303; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's their entire history under Jobs. Not only theft, but suing everyone (including the originators) to protect the stolen IP.

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