The iPhone X’s notch is both iconic and great divider amongst smartphone fans, and to the disappointment of many who prefer a contiguous screen, many Android OEMs have copied the design in the interest of upping the front screen to body ratio.
Samsung has been the one hold-out, even going so far as to mock Apple’s notch in their ads. It seems however that is about to change if a new design patent submitted by the company is anything to go by.
The notch is somewhat smaller than the iPhone X’s, but still has room for the earphone, front-facing camera and some sensors. This would allow Samsung to achieve a higher screen to body ratio than Apple.
Other elements notable about the design is the absence of a fingerprint sensor at the back, suggesting an in-display version, and that it still features a headphone jack, suggesting Samsung has not gone full-in on copying Apple.
It is not clear which future device we are looking at, though the dual cameras and full-body display suggest it is likely a high-end one such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. That device, code-named Crown, is rumoured to have a 6.4-inch screen, amongst other specs.
Of course, Samsung may not use this design at all, but until someone creates in-display front-facing cameras it seems notch-haters will need to make peace with this Apple-inspired design trend.