In 2018, Samsung was one of the very few manufacturers to say “no” to the Notch trend. The Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy Note 9 both have a bit of a chin and a bit of a forehead, but their displays are perfect rectangles. The same can’t be said for LG’s top-tier phones, nor even Google’s Pixel 3 XL, and fans praised Sammy for sticking to its guns. Both for staying away from the notch and for keeping a 3.5 mm headphone jack on its phones.
However, it seems that 2019 is the year that the Darkness overtakes even Samsung. OK, let’s say it in a less dramatic tone — for one, there are plenty of leads letting us know that the Galaxy S10 will be coming without a headphone jack. And the Infinity-U display just popped up on a patent granted by the USPTO, sporting a nonapologetic U-shaped notch at the top.
This is not the first time we see this. Back in October, a Samsung patent for in-display fingerprint scanner tech also depicted a device with the same type of notch. So, the company has been at it for a while!
It’s a design patent that shows us an unknown future Samsung device. The illustrations show us a dual-curved screen at the front, so it’ll be a top-tier Sammy phone, with no bezels at the sides and minimal top and bottom ones. And, at the top there, we see a cutout for the selfie camera, just hanging out in all its notchy glory. Could this be the rumored Samsung M20? Or another midranger?
Other interesting things to note:
- The device is drawn to have a headphone jack
- The Samsung signature elliptical home button seems to be on or underneath the display
- The earpiece grille seems to suggest a more powerful speaker — probably a stereo setup with a bottom-firing speaker.
- There’s only one camera at the back, so it’s definitely not a Galaxy S10+.