A sample of the screen of the Galaxy Note 9 has leaked online, confirming that Samsung will be sticking with a very similar design that they’ve been using for the past couple of years. Normally, that’s not really a big deal and would honestly be a boring story, but it’s 2018 and it’s an absolute coin flip over whether or not a phone will have a notch or not.
So good/bad news, readers; Samsung’s not adopting the notch for the Galaxy Note 9.
A big reason for this is likely that Samsung’s flagship devices already have pretty thin bezels, and Samsung has doubled down on the curved glass on the sides of the phone. That design is really signature of Samsung’s current crop of phones and defines the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines, so the notch doesn’t really offer anything for Samsung. There’s also probably a hassle to manufacturing curved screens that also have a notch at the top.
To take that a step further, Android doesn’t really do a great job of doing anything with a notched display. We’re expecting Android P to offer some software features to really utilize it and turn it into something besides an interrupted status bar, and that could be why Samsung is waiting before testing it out on their own devices.
I’d be surprised if we never see any Samsung phones with a notch, but it doesn’t look like 2018 will be the year for that.
source: Ice Universe (Twitter)