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

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Last updated: October 25th, 2018 at 09:08 UTC+02:00

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?

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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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