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I hope Samsung’s smartphone design doesn’t stop being unique in the near future

This year, Samsung has launched multiple smartphones with a different placement for the rear cameras. The Galaxy A8 Star came first, followed by the Galaxy A7 and the Galaxy A9. And I’ve been wondering whether Samsung will continue with the off-center camera position on upcoming phones. I believe Samsung’s phones look rather unique from the back. Okay, not that unique, but it’s easy to tell a Samsung phone apart from the rest by looking at the back.

But with the cameras placed on the edge of the device, Samsung’s new phones look similar to phones from two of its biggest competitors: Huawei and Apple. And if I’m being honest, I really hope Samsung doesn’t make it a standard going forward, even it means sacrificing things like battery capacity. The center rear camera placement is one of the ways you can recognize a Samsung phone, and that will be gone should the company move away from that placement. The only true differentiation then would be the no-notch Infinity displays and the Samsung logo at the back.

Galaxy A9 colors

Samsung following trends rather than setting them is a troubling sign

And that’s not all. We heard a rumor last week that Samsung might be ditching the 3.5 mm headphone jack next year. I would understand if Samsung did that on the pretext of moving towards the future, but even modern Bluetooth headsets still come with a 3.5 mm connector as an alternative and not a USB Type-C connector. The market clearly isn’t ready for moving towards the Type-C or wireless audio future even two years after the iPhone went 3.5 mm-free. While that future may arrive by the time Samsung removes the 3.5 mm jack from its phones, it would mean that another differentiating factor of Samsung’s phones would disappear.

So my request to Samsung is: Please stay unique and only change when it’s totally needed. Stay with the center camera position, stay with the 3.5 mm jack, and keep offering expandable storage on all of your smartphones as long as you can. You used to set the standard before, and that’s what you need to keep doing in the future as well.

What do you guys think?

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SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

THANK YOU DANNY!!! Finally someone here is talking about the changes of the camera position in the recent A series phones falling into the iPhone X trend.
Samsung has rightly so mocked the notch but only to copy what it’s as bad or even worse than the notch, that awful vertically aligned camera setup in the corner, embarrassing!!!

strazzi
strazzi

Center 3.5mm and sd

dhdcw2018
dhdcw2018

The question is: Which one is better? Galaxy A6+ or A7 (2018)?

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

It’s on the side because it’s the A series. I think they’d rather do the copy cat designs on those than the S and Note line.

cortland39
cortland39

I personally don’t care if the design resembles other phone makers as long as the Samsung phone is better then others. Even if Samsung arranges its new triple camera setup in the center horizontally, it will resemble the LG V40 and I am not sure Samsung could make 3 cameras vertically and still keep a bigger battery. If Samsung arranges the cameras in a square then it resembles the Mate 20 Pro so anyway they design the phone it will most likely resemble some other competitor which by the way is not necessarily a bad thing. What I feel Samsung… Read more »

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

It wouldn’t be copying LG or Huawei because Samsung has always put the camera lenses in the centre anyway where they belong. Yes, Samsung has plenty of resources to figure out 3-4 lenses in the centre and stil provide a big battery. If Huawei has done it, why can’t Samsung?

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

Well, Huawei just proved it’s possible with the mate 20 pro. The S9plus is taller, wider, and only slightly less thick (8.5mm, Mate 20 pro 8.6mm).

fcaroll
fcaroll

Time to bring back the real innovation, sammy

rogeriopaivadf
rogeriopaivadf

I agree with you, Danny

ironbat
ironbat

Cameras should be in the Centre so that the lens isn’t blocked by our fingers

GS7edge
GS7edge

That fruitphone camera layout should only be sold in China while center camera layout for international models.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

If the shift to the side makes the phone remain a smaller footprint but increase the battery capacity then the change is for the greater good.

They could shift it to the very top of the phone and keep it centred.