Here's what Samsung's notch could soon look like

A notched Samsung smartphone seemed completely unimaginable just twelve months ago yet today they’re everywhere. Customers outside of the tech community have so far responded positively to the designs and Samsung isn’t expected to ditch them anytime soon. It might, however, introduce some important changes.

2020 Galaxy M & Galaxy A phones could feature a new notch


As noticed by LetsGoDigital, Samsung applied for two design patents in its home country of South Korea at the end of 2018. Both applications were approved in late July and published just a few weeks later, therefore granting Samsung permission to use what’s being dubbed a “next-generation notch” on its future smartphones.

The Seoul-based company already offers a range of displays – Infinity-U, Infinity-V, and Infinity-O – but the description of this latest one doesn’t align with any of them. Instead, it’s a blend of all three designs that makes use a small cut-out for the camera and a tiny strip that connects it to the upper bezel. Basically, if the punch hole was an island this is a peninsula.
 
Samsung’s patents envision two separate implementations of this layout. One would involve placing the notch on the left side of the display while the other envisions it being placed on the right. The type of panels Samsung would use for each isn’t specified but the left notch would likely be reserved for LCDs while the right may be used on AMOLED displays. If this is the case, Samsung’s low-end Galaxy M series and perhaps a handful of cheap Galaxy A-branded models could use the left notch next year while the remaining Galaxy A series model would likely opt for the other version.

A smaller punch hole could come to the Galaxy S11


Samsung’s 2020 flagships are expected to adopt Infinity-O displays just like this year’s devices but these new patents could still be an indicator of what’s to come. After all, the camera itself is surrounded by just a tiny bit of bezel which could mean Samsung’s future punch holes will see a significant reduction in size too, therefore making them noticeably less intrusive.
 
Per the latest rumors, this updated front panel design will be accompanied by an impressive quadruple-camera setup on the rear. Specifically, the Galaxy S11 is rumored to include a 108-megapixel main camera that’s similar to the one found on the Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha, an ultra-wide-angle shooter, a dedicated Time-of-Flight sensor, and an upgraded telephoto camera capable of 5x optical zoom.

Full-screen phones may arrive in 2021 or 2022


Despite Samsung’s push to improve its existing display technologies, the company has certainly made no secret of the fact that creating the “perfect full-screen” smartphone is its end goal. This design involves in-display camera solutions which aren’t ready yet but could potentially be in 2021.If all goes well, next year could represent Samsung’s usual 12-month period of refinement before a major design refresh in 2021. That year, the company may also ditch the notch entirely in favor of punch hole technology on Galaxy A and Galaxy M-branded models.

If, on the contrary, Samsung hits some development bumps and can’t prepare the technology in time for 2021’s Galaxy S12 series, the South Korean giant could end up following a strategy that’s pretty similar to Apple’s. The latter first introduced the notch in 2017 and has since recycled the design twice, bringing its design refresh cycle to three years. But as mentioned above, Samsung is likely to continue making improvements so some changes are to be expected.

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38 Comments

1. OneLove123

Posts: 1195; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

That's not a notch. A notch is on that fruit phone

5. joshuaswingle

Posts: 641; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

What is it then? Because it's certainly not a punch hole

9. OneLove123

Posts: 1195; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Mini punch

14. joshuaswingle

Posts: 641; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

More like a mini notch.

22. S4NDY

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Why not "uvula" the thing that hangs in the throat.

31. joshuaswingle

Posts: 641; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Hahaha I like that one

41. Kibzara

Posts: 124; Member since: Feb 24, 2016

Lol, and taking a selfie sounds like a swallow

17. Cat97

Posts: 1934; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

An orifice :)

26. KingSam

Posts: 1479; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

It's a notch hole

30. MsPooks

Posts: 174; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

A hanging chad.

32. warrenellis93

Posts: 550; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Its deffinitely a notch because its still attached but it looks better than a teardrop in my opinion

33. Fred3

Posts: 562; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

It's a notch. Notch:1.an indentation or incision on an edge or surface.

37. cmdacos

Posts: 4267; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

That's a notch. Without a doubt.

2. pimpin83z

Posts: 593; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Even though mine'll be paid off in half the time I'm not in a rush to get next year's Note unless it has major camera improvements.

3. Elvis358

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

That's the most dumbest thing ever! Just make it a freaking hole punch not that thing!

6. saif2711

Posts: 100; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

I still prefer pop up mechanism for selfie shooter over notch.One plus7/7t pro is so perfect.Notch is a notch whether big or small.

7. DFranch

Posts: 557; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Why don't they put it in the center or the right or left corner? Having it near the corner wastes too much space.

11. treypoundz

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

Cause that's for the note series

10. Vancetastic

Posts: 1602; Member since: May 17, 2017

No thanks. I'd rather have small bezels.

12. banglazbless

Posts: 135; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

Where is the notch on current Samsung devices fool?

13. joshuaswingle

Posts: 641; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

On the Galaxy M10, Galaxy M10s, Galaxy M20, Galaxy M30, Galaxy M30s, Galaxy A10, Galaxy A10e, Galaxy A10s, Galaxy A20, Galaxy A20e, Galaxy A20s, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A30s, Galaxy A40, Galaxy A50, Galaxy A50s, Galaxy A70, and Galaxy A90 5G.

15. alanrock

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

to be continued ...

16. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

It's the incredible itty bitty mini notch.

36. CEDEOTB

Posts: 443; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

This isn't a notch more like a DOTch. A notch is that huge thing on the iPhone and 3XL

40. Allison28

Posts: 19; Member since: May 04, 2013

It upsets me that it's not perfectly round and centered. I like the one on my Note 10+. It satisfies my OCD.

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