What if Samsung had made the Galaxy S9 with a notch?

Copycat legalities aside, the "notch" allows a manufacturer to boast extremely high screen-to-body ratios. The new Asus Zenfone 5 boasts 83.69% of it in our benchmark calculations, which is a bit higher than the iPhone X's 82.35%, as the Zenfone has narrower notch, and still, the Galaxy S9, which sports an oldfashioned uninterrupted, but very thin top bezel, beats them both with 84.36%, and only gives way to the Essential Phone's 84.85%, but this one has the most minimalistic "notch" of them all.
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65 Comments

8. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Horrible how the talk on tech sites revolves entirely around screen to body ratios and notches. It's just pathetic. Feels like very low level journalism, like reading a gossip magazine. Sure there are other important aspects that make a phone good or bad, or not any longer?

10. bucknassty

Posts: 1337; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

its like the old debate on megapixels lol

9. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

SamSung is not that stupid!

11. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

If samsung will have a notch, I would welcome an essential phone or mi mix 2 design. For now I like s9's design.

12. apple-rulz

Posts: 2114; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

I oddly like the rendering of the S9 with the notch, whereas the iPhone X with the notch is horrible.

27. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

This is the matter of smaller side bezels. I like it more too.

33. AxelFoley unregistered

Who are you? And, where has apple-rulz been?

13. gamehead unregistered

I wouldve clowned the design too

15. RoryBreaker

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

Not in a million years!

16. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

#wtf article of the day.

17. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

We would hate it, because it's bad design.

18. donhwan

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

What if iPhone X didn't have a notch... Welcome to iPhone 8 plus (but $200 dollars more and a little smaller).

19. Wazupmrg

Posts: 168; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

The body is so stupid exec apple will be going away from it. Pro apple blogs are the worst.

20. yalokiy

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Notch for me please, but with the same screen size, so that the phone is 10mm shorter.

21. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Thin upper and lower bezels is way better looking then a notch.

24. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

If Samsung makes S9 plus with notch then next day of announcement Apple going to sue Samsung Lol.

26. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Honestly looks good hope note 9 comes with notch desgin as S9 plus.

30. JimmieCrakCorn

Posts: 143; Member since: Nov 20, 2017

All notches are grotesque evil sins punishable by eternal damnation in hell. All makers and users of the notch shall be cast out of heaven and down into the torturous fiery pits of Satan.

31. chris2k5

Posts: 249; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Samsung copies Apple again. Yikes

34. Jacksie66 unregistered

If my aunt had balls she'd be my uncle..

35. kotan24

Posts: 311; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I really like it, would buy instantly

36. mrochester

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

The screen pushed right to the edge with a notch looks so much better than Samsung’s current solution. Maybe next year?

37. YeahYeah

Posts: 250; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

iPhoneArena trying so hard to make it look like the notch is acceptable. No it's not. Worst design in the history of smartphones. Unfortunately Samsung are smarter than apple. Apple tried to bit Samsung to the notch. Samsung patented this design way back. So apple stole the design and rushed it..

41. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No need to.

43. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Eventually, iPhones will lose the notch.

44. toyboyz

Posts: 235; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

I would not own it. O what do you know I don't own the iPhone X either! Lol!

58. Sparkxster

Posts: 1228; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Looks like a long iPhone X with a notch. Very ugly! There are better notch designs than this render.

62. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

I think they are saving it for S10

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