The Galaxy S10 won't have a notch, but it may have a 'hole' in its display – where should it be?

The Galaxy S10 won't have a notch, but it may have a 'hole' in its display – where should it be?
The Galaxy S10 may have a camera cutout in its display

Samsung recently unveiled four new Infinity Display models – two with a notch, one with a camera “cutout”, and the last one completely seamless. Called ‘New Infinity’, this notch-less screen didn’t get a lot of on-stage talk by Samsung, but by the looks of it, it could very well be the mobile display tech of the future.

We recently showed you what the Samsung Galaxy S10 could look like if it used the New Infinity tech and had it’s selfie camera positioned under the display panel. It would be the peak of solid-state bezel-less design and eliminate the need for unsightly notches. However, as is usually the case with emerging technologies, there is a transitional period.

According to reliable tech leaker Evan Blass, better known as @evleaks, the Samsung Galaxy S10 will not use the ‘New Infinity’ display, but rather the ‘Infinity-O’, which has a camera cutout. Considering Blass’ track record, we may, indeed, have to hold off a while more until a non-slider phone with a truly bezel-less design.



But that doesn’t mean the Infinity-O is all that bad. We’ve already talked about the notch at length, and it’s hardly a secret that it’s been the most controversial mobile design feature of the last year, so it’s easy to see why many people wouldn’t be thrilled about an actual hole in the display of their one-thousand-dollar-plus smartphone. However, the cutout is at least better in that it would take up less of the screen.

Besides, if Samsung keeps the front-facing camera the same size as that of the Galaxy S9, this wouldn’t be too offensive of a punch hole on the Galaxy S10’s giant screen. Heck, the Galaxy S10+ is rumored to have two front-facing cameras, which would mean a bigger cutout, and that still wouldn’t be a huge problem on the rumored 6.44” display.

The Galaxy S10 won't have a notch, but it may have a 'hole' in its display – where should it be?

If the selfie camera remains the same size as the one on the Galaxy S9, it shouldn't be too obtrusive

But this raises another question – where should the punch hole be? In one of the corners or smack-dab in the middle?

The image that Samsung showed during the announcement of the Infinity-O showed the cutout in the upper left corner of the screen. However, this is likely just done for illustration purposes, and the hole could be in a variety of different locations, such as in either corner or in the middle.

One of the more subtle changes in Samsung’s major upcoming OS redesign, dubbed One UI, is the clock in the notification bar, which is moved to the upper left corner, leaving the central area suspiciously empty. Although this can’t be considered definitive evidence that the camera cutout on the Galaxy S10 will be in the middle, user interface updates in the past have revealed upcoming hardware changes.

But anyway, if the Samsung Galaxy S10 is going to have a punch hole in its display, where should it be – in one of the corners or in the center? Vote below! Also tell us, which do you think is better – a notch or a camera cutout?

The Galaxy S10 won't have a notch, but it may have a 'hole' in its display – where should it be?

Where should the Galaxy S10 camera cutout be?

Left corner
29.13%
Right corner
11.1%
Centered
59.77%



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32 Comments

1. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

The right place for a hole in the samsung Galaxy S10 is in the head of Samsung, because the company has a hole in the head.

2. Tipus

Posts: 785; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Wat? :)))

14. BryThaPhoneGuy

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 05, 2018

SMH. Just stop.

3. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2118; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I prefer center. If they pull this off I believe it will look amazing. Apple needs to do the same thing and hide the notch for innovation. Apple needs to lower prices on their products as Wall Street is showing them why...

4. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 545; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I prefer slider phones over this notch & punch hole phones.Anyways Notch phones are gonna be overshadowed by foldable phones in the near future.

5. baldilocks

Posts: 1428; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Fold-able phones make no sense at this point. Way too thick and cumbersome.

12. dimas

Posts: 3262; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Some prefer sliders while some like the notch. It's great that different designs are showing these days because phones are becoming dull after the iphone 6 aluminum trend.

27. Rager722

Posts: 618; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

Apple copied HTC One M7 with the aluminum finish with antennas

6. maherk

Posts: 6684; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Since we have screens with rounded corners, why not make the sides of the phone with sharper corners, this way you'll have a bit of space on the sides on top, and there where you can keep the camera without putting it in the screen. I'm not sure I explained my point in the best way possible, but hopefully you can get what I am saying.

11. notfair

Posts: 687; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

ofc, it has to be on one of the sides of the screen.

7. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Too much pride from Samsung to copy the notch. So, they will be making A-hole now with head and chin.

15. BryThaPhoneGuy

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 05, 2018

"So, they will be making A-hole now with head and chin." Ba dum tsssss. Give it up for corny A-hole joke guy, ladies and gentlemen.

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Put a slim Bezel back on top or notch, no holes! I can just about guarantee issues around that area of screen after release by users.

9. mahima

Posts: 714; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

A cutout in the corner will not disturb watching video and for that reason...i want hole.in the corner

10. Chris_ABN

Posts: 183; Member since: May 16, 2018

As long as there's no notch and the hole is congruent, I'll be satisfied.

13. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

For an object to be congruent, there needs to be at least 2 objects. An object cannot be congruent on itself.

17. middlehead

Posts: 434; Member since: May 12, 2014

Hole still means notch. It's still a portion of your display taken out of use in pursuit of a nonsensically bezel-less body.

16. BryThaPhoneGuy

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 05, 2018

For some reason I think it looks better on the right.

26. MisterX

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

Same here lol and it would be better when flipping the phone horizantally

18. middlehead

Posts: 434; Member since: May 12, 2014

Poll needs fourth option, "Shouldn't exist."

19. JMartin22

Posts: 2326; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I would prefer to have it on the left corner of the display, it would be less intrusive viewing multimedia

20. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It should be nowhere.

21. Brewski

Posts: 661; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

RIP screenshots...

24. JMartin22

Posts: 2326; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

That’s not how it works. Displayed content isn’t the same as content rendered on the display. Your screenshot will be just as it should

22. KakashiHatake4444

Posts: 73; Member since: Jul 30, 2018

If it's central then I think it would be intrusive when watching videos, where content viewing is concerned it should be placed either left or right. Kill the chin an make a skinny forehead to accommodate the sensors and earpiece

23. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

If there has to be something i would rather have the hole then a ugly notch. Thin bezels is fine with me.

25. MisterX

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

At first I thought better in the center but it's too in your face being there, so now I think right corner because usually when you flip the phone to watch a video or take a video/photo etc, you flip it towards the left side and you wouldn't want your finger on the camera while holding it..

28. may_czos

Posts: 954; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Who in their right mind chose centered? It's the worst, it obscures the most. Cornera are much better, you have the center of the display free for the content.

29. hazard1

Posts: 230; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

It looks like a lot of voters did, including me. While I do see your point, a center hole to me makes the phone more symmetrical. And neater. In any case, this is a minor point. The position of the hole will not factor into my decision to purchase the phone.

30. XtreemSolution

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 14, 2018

While many users is tension about Samsung’s folding phone these give bad reviews—which might cost as much as $1,600 when it launches next year—it won’t be the only Galaxy phone the releases next year. they’re shaping up to be quite a bit different this year and low maintenance.

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