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Samsung Patents A Borderless Phone Design With No Notch

Samsung Patents A Borderless Phone Design With No Notch

Samsung has a history of making new kinds of screens for its phones, with examples like the curved "Edge" screen on the Galaxy S7 Edge or the minimally-bezeled "Infinity Display" on the Galaxy S8.

The new patent application depicts the phone screen taking up more room on the phone's front by including tiny holes for sensors and hardware.

While the display of the iPhone X does stretch to meet all sides of the phone, the infamous notch (which contains all of the sensors and cameras necessary for Face ID to work) keeps the flagship device from being truly bezel-less. This looks nearly identical to the design of the Essential Phone.

The iPhone X's notch houses some important hardware, but cuts into the phone's screen.

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Images and videos, along with text, look to wrap around the holes that will accommodate the sensors. The phone does visually resemble Samsung's popular Galaxy Note series phones, so perhaps this will be the design for the next device in that series.

The same patent describes an alternative approach, with a much smaller notch. Not only have manufacturers had to figure out what to do with the cameras and other sensors at the top of their devices, they've also had to determine what to do with the fingerprint scanners that were often located below the screen and that many had previously included to help users secure their devices. All the same, Apple is rumored to be working on reducing the size of the sensor housing by integrating the Face ID sensors into the camera.

So far, leaks and rumors suggest Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S9 will be similar to the Galaxy S8 and feature a thin border around its screen.


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