Samsung patents curved display with hardware key cut-outs

Samsung patents curved display with hardware key cut-outs
Samsung’s Galaxy S10 series is expected to embrace the bezel-less design concept entirely by reducing both the top and bottom bezels to a minimum. However, with the possible aim of taking things further in the future, the South Korean giant has patented a new front panel design that makes use of small cut-outs on the side.

In the hope of reducing smartphone frames past current possibilities, Samsung appears to be envisioning future devices which make use of displays that wrap over the edge completely, leaving just a fraction of frame visible. Unsurprisingly, this leaves no room for physical buttons, hence the workaround that Samsung has patented. Rather than implementing on-screen software buttons, which many could argue is the most logical solution to the problem, the number one smartphone manufacturer may utilize cut-outs within the edge portions of the display. This would then allow the company to maintain any hardware buttons that would have previously sat on the frame such as the power key, volume rocker, and the dedicated Bixby button. Additionally, it would still allow Samsung to create a seamless edge-to-edge design up front.

As usual, there is no guarantee that Samsung will actually make use of its latest patent on a future smartphone. However, if it did ever choose to do so, it would indicate that the company values the experience provided by hardware buttons highly, and could, therefore, turn out to be a fan pleaser.



1. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Very interesting.

2. irossdrummer

Posts: 367; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Interesting.. kind of doubt it though considering Samsung seems to poke at Apple a lot for their notches

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4135; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Because this isn't the horrific unibrow type of notch. It's cut outs for buttons.

14. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Unibrow is one of the least concerns of Apple fans according a latest study. In fact some people think that the notch is super futuristic and thus very trendy. Edge display is nothing like that, it hinders the entire user experience by causing edge glares or artifacts on the two edges on either side. It's 100% worse than the so called notch display.

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Which study are you referring to? I think you can find lovers and haters of the notch as well as the edge screen. Personally, I dislike both.

21. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I’m with you, but the notch has a purpose, the curved edges do not! I loved my note devices, but the curved edges are annoying.

25. damonarena

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 30, 2018

curved displays are the best thing ever happened to smartphones

27. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It depends on your definition of purpose. The notch could have been avoided by making the top bezel a bit bigger. So, in the end, both notch and curved edges have only esthetic reasons. To make the bezels appear smaller and the screen bigger.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17320; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apple could put out a notch that covers 98% of the display, and the faithful would proclaim it wonderful. Most people recognize the notch for what it is - a compromise with no real purpose.

3. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Why don’t they listen that curved displays sucks. No wonder why their sales are tanking. They need to come up with a better design without curves.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4135; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Why dont you pay more attention to your toy phone??

13. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Why are you being a dickhead now?? It's a legit fact that most people hate Samsung's gimmicky edge display. Accept it.

17. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Its a legit fact most people hate the notch. You dont even have to look to find that out. Where is your proof most people hate the edge display?

24. sissy246

Posts: 7088; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Piyath never has proof and if you ask him for it he disappears. He gets his feelings hurt when android fans post in Apple articles but yet here he is.

19. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

piyath has no clue what he is talking about, just a troll.

26. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Samsung is lossing 10M sales and it will be in the next quarters to come. They will blame themselves for not copying apples’ notches. They have to copied apple in order to get a decent profit and sales but now chinese iphone knockoffs will replace them in the top. Samsung mobile division isn’t profiting.

32. tedkord

Posts: 17320; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Ah, life nestled deeply inside the RDF is so blissful. There's something else that's equated with bliss, now what was it...?

6. rouyal

Posts: 1576; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I agree. Just because you can do something, display that drapes down the edge of the phone, doesn't mean it should be done. Just bad design that seems they are doubling down on.

7. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1390; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I don't think that someone who praises a company like Apple with dubious designs choices really has any right to question another company's choices in the design department.

12. rouyal

Posts: 1576; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Apples “dubious” design choices are the ones being copied widely by other manufacturers, not Samsung’s.

16. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Yes, they are, in fact in 2017 Samsung was the most copied brand. Less popular brands copy anything that might become or is a trend. Including Samsung phones.

18. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

There are so many phones with curved screen : •Nokia 8 Sirocco •Oppo Find X •Sony Xperia XZ3 •Xiaomi Mi Note 2 •Huawei Porsche Design Mate RS •Huawei Mate 9 Pro •Vivo XPlay6 •Energizer Power Max P600S •Meizu Pro 7 •Upcoming Huawei Mate 20

8. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1390; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

That's your personal opinion that curved displays suck, one not shared by many. This design is better and also seems to indicate sensors below the screen.

11. Cicero

Posts: 1120; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Huawei just take it to their top phones.

23. rouyal

Posts: 1576; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

"one not shared by many" Can't tell if serious

33. tedkord

Posts: 17320; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Truth is always serious.

10. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Sucks according to who, though? People who don't use the phone all or the small percentage of people who use the phone but somehow can't manage to avoid accidental touches?

34. tedkord

Posts: 17320; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Look, if a curved edge phone was released by Apple, it'd be the greatest thing ever to him. Just like so many things Apple has stolen from others, they were gimmicks before, and innovations after. It's just a matter of what logo is on it.

9. Fred3

Posts: 502; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

If Bixby and Tizen was superb and the camra was better Samsung could easily be the best android Phone. They're already the best selling android phone so it wouldn't be hard, just out beat Google or be up to par with their camera and OS. They already have an eco-system close the Apples.

20. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Why not just make the buttons virtual? If you could swipe up from the bottom for the navigation, why not from the sides for volume and Bixby? (And TapOn for power)

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.