Samsung Files Patents For New Notch Designs
Samsung held a developers conference last month where they showcased a variety of display notch designs. The designs included an Infinity-O, Infinity-U, and Infinity-V display notch designs. On December 10, Samsung launched the Galaxy A8s smartphone which has an Infinity-O display. The smartphone has a lateral cutout in the display for the front-facing selfie camera. Samsung has also filed patents for six other notch designs. The new patents seem to be a combination of the Infinity-O and the Infinity-U display notch designs.
Samsung filed the patents for six new notch designs to the KIPO (Korean Intellectual Property Office) which were granted on 10 December 2018. According to the patents, the height of the notch varies as per different models. Out of the six designs, the notch in four patents is placed below the bezel. While two patents reveal notches that are partly integrated into the bezel. The patent number 3 in this list has a “U” shaped cutout above the top bezel. Although its purpose is unclear as of now, it might be used to attach an accessor or this could be the earpiece of the phone. Certainly, these patents are of less importance to the end customer, it provides vital insight into the design language what future smartphones will look like.
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The first Samsung smartphones with the Infinity-U and the Infinity-V display will launch in 2019. In the future, the notch can evolve into something like the ones on these patents. According to the source manufacturing smartphones with these types of notch designs are comparatively cheaper. Therefore, these notch designs are likely to be seen on midrange and budget smartphones. Samsung is not only gearing up to adopt the notch but they are also planning to bring them to the mass market.