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Samsung patent brings a ‘notch’ to the side of the device

Samsung has achieved impressive screen-to-body ratio on its flagship devices without resorting to any ugly notches. The company has openly expressed its aversion to notches on many occasions. While the company has so far avoided the trend of notches, it may be working on its own version of the notch on the side of devices, according to a patent unearthed by Galaxy Club.

Samsung filed this patent under the title Electronic Device Including Bended Display and Image Displaying Method Therethrough in Korea in February last year. At its simplest, the patent talks about a device with an Edge display covering the sides of the phone with screen cut-outs (notches) for the physical buttons (power, volume, etc.).

An ‘Edge Notch’?

The ‘Edge Notch’ (not the official terminology) enables Samsung to fully cover the sides of the phone with its Edge screens, eliminating the side bezels completely. While such a design will help Samsung to increase its screen-to-body ratio, it is not hard to imagine the difficulty in handling the device. The patent also talks about visual feedback on the screen surrounding the key/button when it is pressed.

Not all patents turn into actual products, and as of now, there is no evidence to believe Samsung is currently working on such a device. Also, since patent language is complex and may be saying something completely different from what an amateur reading suggests, it’s best not to put too much stock in this information.

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djcbs
djcbs

Honestly, if the edged screens are already pretty useless (they look great…but they’re useless), I don’t really see the point of extending them even further, making the device even more fragile, rendering any case scenario nearly impossible and adding nothing actually useful to the user experience.

I do understand Samsung’s need to patent these, though. If they do it, anyone who thinks of using such an awful idea will have to pay them royalties. Which is good for business.

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

It is far from a notch. I was hoping Samsung would do this one day since the S7 edge. Glad to see it might happen.

artocube
artocube

I really hope so too! If I am “reading correctly” the 5th photo in the row, it seems that one day (and I hope that day is near) Samsung will have cutouts (visible or not) for the front camera and sensors too, so the Infinity Display can extend even more on the top/bottom of the device. On the sides too (as the rest of the pics show). I am heading for the Note10 next summer and I REALLY hope some of these patents show there…. Fingers crossed!

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