After initially mocking the iPhone X‘s notch, a new patent from Samsung appears to suggest the company is looking to integrate a notch of its own into a future smartphone.
The patent, which was discovered by Mobielkopen.net, shows a notch that appears to be just a shade smaller than the iPhone X’s. Other interesting features of the design include the inclusion of a headphone jack, and the absence of a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner (suggesting the use of either an under-display model, or else a reliance on a Face ID-style solution).
The emergence of this design sits in stark contrast to Samsung’s original position on the notch, which it famously mocked in an advert promoting the Galaxy S9.
Samsung’s attitude mirrored the opinion of much of the industry, but both appear to have come around on the design. Multiple phone companies have either now announced or released phones sporting a phone notch, including the LG G7, and OnePlus 6.
Inspired by Apple
There is a decent bit of history between Samsung and Apple’s phone designs. Back in 2012, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $1 billion over infringing its intellectual property, including its phone designs.
Though it was the Essential Phone, rather than the iPhone X, that first sported a notch, it’s nonetheless nice to see that such fierce rivals appear to be so reliant on one another.
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