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

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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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posted on 05 Sep 2017, 06:04 9

1. kevin97 (Posts: 35; Member since: 01 Mar 2016)


Except the Samsung cutout looks fugly :)

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 06:14 25

5. tedkord (Posts: 14726; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


They both do.

posted on 06 Sep 2017, 01:22

54. audibot (Posts: 208; Member since: 26 Jan 2017)


it better be a cutout for a big ass front speaker

posted on 06 Sep 2017, 01:23

55. audibot (Posts: 208; Member since: 26 Jan 2017)


i hate this no bezel phone crap its stupid

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 06:06 29

2. haruken (Posts: 145; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


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

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 06:17 14

6. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3692; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


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

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 06:19 28

8. tedkord (Posts: 14726; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The headline certainly seems to be implying something.

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 06:34 14

10. slow00 (Posts: 79; Member since: 08 Mar 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!!

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 06:48 5

12. nctx77 (Posts: 2489; Member since: 03 Sep 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.

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 08:21 8

33. AxelFoley (Posts: 255; Member since: 30 May 2017)


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.

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 09:07 2

41. tedkord (Posts: 14726; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


You've kind of got that backwards.

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 09:19

50. Macready (Posts: 1537; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


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

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 08:56 2

36. TechieXP1969 (banned) (Posts: 14967; Member since: 25 Sep 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.

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 10:50 3

52. nctx77 (Posts: 2489; Member since: 03 Sep 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!

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 06:08 10

3. Diego! (Posts: 686; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


Oh no! Samsung is copying Essential Phone as Apple copied them first!

iPhoneArena is doing it again...

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 06:14 10

4. zodd1982 (Posts: 8; Member since: 15 Apr 2015)


iPhone 8 Displays are from Samsung... Lol

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 06:18 17

7. tedkord (Posts: 14726; Member since: 17 Jun 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.

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 06:58 4

15. Bankz (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Apr 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!

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 07:18 12

22. AxelFoley (Posts: 255; Member since: 30 May 2017)


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?

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 07:19 9

23. aegislash (Posts: 1075; Member since: 27 Jan 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?

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 07:26 2

26. Back_from_beyond (Posts: 169; Member since: 04 Sep 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.

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 07:52 10

29. AxelFoley (Posts: 255; Member since: 30 May 2017)


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.

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 09:04 1

39. TechieXP1969 (banned) (Posts: 14967; Member since: 25 Sep 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!

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 09:09

43. tedkord (Posts: 14726; Member since: 17 Jun 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.

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 06:28 2

9. piyath (Posts: 1132; Member since: 23 Mar 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.

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 06:48 14

13. Back_from_beyond (Posts: 169; Member since: 04 Sep 2015)


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

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 06:56 10

14. aegislash (Posts: 1075; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


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

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 07:01 2

16. Bankz (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Apr 2016)


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

posted on 05 Sep 2017, 07:10 15

17. Back_from_beyond (Posts: 169; Member since: 04 Sep 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.

posted on 06 Sep 2017, 04:46

56. tedkord (Posts: 14726; Member since: 17 Jun 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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