A couple of years ago, you might have laughed in the face of anyone who suggested that we would have phones with notches, but here we are in 2018, and well, there’s no denying that it’s a trendy feature. With most smartphone manufacturers having already jumped on the bandwagon or planning to in the case of LG and OnePlus, at least Samsung is standing strong and refusing to budge on this new fad. At least, that’s how it appeared until it was discovered that Samsung has indeed applied for a smartphone patent that includes the dreaded notch.
The patents shown here were submitted by Samsung to the Chinese patent office (SIPO) and discovered by MobielKopen. Besides a notch at the top of the bezel-less display, the patent also reveals the presence of a dual rear camera setup, USB Type-C charging port, and volume and power buttons where you would expect to see them on a Samsung device. Personally, I don’t think that Samsung fans have anything to worry about; the Korean electronics giant files a ton of patents every year that ultimately never result in a direct end product.
If you take a look at the image above that shows a device with a 99% screen-to-body ratio, that implies that either the front-facing camera has been ditched altogether, or that it has somehow been embedded underneath the display along with the fingerprint reader. A camera embedded underneath the display is something that is almost certainly years away in developmental terms, at best. But Samsung has covered its rear, if, it releases a smartphone with such a feature in case of patent trolls. Speaking of trolls, Samsung themselves subtly trolled Apple last year because of the iPhone X’s notch, in a video that you can revisit here.
Something that might make Samsung fans nervous is the omission of the audio jack in the second patent (above). Who knows, perhaps it could come down to the impossible choice of choosing a phone with a notch and an audio jack or having a notchless design but losing the audio jack. How would you decide?