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[Updated] Samsung just teased a notch-free phone that has a hole in the display

Well, here’s something to send you into a tizzy. At the Galaxy A9s and Galaxy A6s launch event in China today, Samsung teased a new phone called the Galaxy A8s, and it looks like this will be the Korean giant’s first smartphone with a truly all-screen design. There’s no notch on the thing, but according to Chinese leakster Ice universe, the Galaxy A8s will have a hole drilled into the display to accommodate the front camera.

Don’t want a notch? How about a hole?

No notch Samsung smartphone

Yes, we’re wondering the same thing: How is a hole any better than a notch? It would still get in the way when you’re watching videos, even if it won’t be as big as the notches on competing devices nor have to be in the center of the display. Samsung’s official teaser at the event doesn’t seem to have any obstruction on the display, so will the camera possibly be under the display or will the display just turn off that part when you’re using YouTube or Netflix?

There are a lot of questions here, and it might be a while before we get proper details as the Galaxy A8s is reportedly coming out in early 2019. But we sure are excited. Nay, we’re positively drooling over the not-so-mysterious tease, especially since this could be the precursor for the Galaxy S10’s no-notch display. Fingers crossed Samsung has the answer to the question no one in the industry has answered yet, at least not without involving moving mechanical parts anyway.

What do you think? Is a hole that’s only as big as the camera sensor instead of a notch a better solution, or at least one that can tide us over until the Galaxy S10 arrives? Let’s discuss in the comments!

Update: The original source that suggested the idea of holes in the display has now taken it down. Not that that changes anything, as there’s no info on exactly what the Galaxy A8s will offer.

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Lucidfer
Lucidfer

Horrible idea. I skipped the S9 because of the degenerate step back in design, but this would me switching back to iPhone. Why don’t they follow the original S9 leak design which was simply logical, beautiful and efficient…

1liono373
1liono373

love it love it 😊

cynath
cynath

I kinda love the idea of a circle cutout in the corner. Most media is 16:9 or 21:9. With an 18:9 screen the cutout can be put in the corner that wouldn’t interfere with watching either 16:9 or 21:9 movies. Throw a halo around the camera circle to show battery percentage and you’ll hardly ever notice it.

Samarasx
Samarasx

Clever reply went unnoticed ^

pmenzies
pmenzies

If they have a notch, I wonder if it would be possible to make the top of the screen black – like some other can. In that case I would prefer that to a hole in the screen

MStuart
MStuart

You have to laugh at the sheer stupidity of this nonsensical trend. At least you can use it as a keyring lol.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

A hole is fine if it means smaller size phones without compromise of the battery or specs.

Same with moving the back camera to the top corner to allow for more space for efficiency of packing in the gadgets.

Actually happy to lose the wireless charging for a metal back on the S10 as long as it gives the phone triple camera, mum 6gb ram and 128 GB memory, bigger battery and make it same size as the s8 but shorter by 1cm in height

djcbs
djcbs

A whole on a corner sure is better than a notch. But a slim bezel is better than both of them.

OR Samsung could start providing us with a variant WITHOUT a front facing camera. ’cause I’d gladly get rid of it. I hate selfies and when I’m taking pictures with friends I rather use the superior rear facing cameras.

igy
igy

Yesh, selfies are only purphose of ront camera. What about video calls?! Grow up!

djcbs
djcbs

Maybe you should be the one growing up. Kids do video calls. Adults rarely do.
The only time I make video calls are when I’m at business meetings and THEN we use a real web camera and a large display, not a tiny phone.

zizibuba
zizibuba

A whole? *facepalm*

juppcamper
juppcamper

Leaker deleted his tweet, any other source for this “breaking news”?

darealtimz2
darealtimz2

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

allargon
allargon

The original phone with a notch, the Essential, had a hole for the front camera. I hope this isn’t the beginning of a trend for Samsung.

zebedee4ever
zebedee4ever

Why not central at the top of the phone.

OrbTech
OrbTech

Just switched to Apple. Guys, I am advicing you to stop wasting time and get an iPhone.

stoertebecker
stoertebecker

Thank you but no thank you. I like Apple but on phones it is for me a nogo

djcbs
djcbs

I have an iPhone. If iOS wasn’t a colossal piece of outdated sh*t, I would have switched to the SE which at least has a normally sized screen.
But that’s the thing. IF iOS wasn’t a colossal piece of outdated sh*t. Which it is.

ash55
ash55

I think most of us are past kindergarten.

kkb2018
kkb2018

Use less drug!!!

GS7edge
GS7edge

Apple salesman? No thanks, your iPhones are way too overpriced.

Mozey
Mozey

Why would I want to downgrade?

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

Just when I got the Note8 🙄. At least I’ll get a refined version of this with the Note 11.

GS7edge
GS7edge

Great to Samsung implement new technologies on midrange phones first instead of flagships. This is a great idea to test the market. Can’t imagine how the S10 looks after Samsung changed their strategy.