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[Poll Results!] How do you feel about Samsung’s first notched smartphone?

We knew notched displays were coming to Samsung smartphones. Samsung revealed as much at SDC 2018. With the first official renders of the Galaxy M series being posted online today, we now have a clear idea of what Samsung’s first notched smartphone will look like.

Samsung held out for a couple of years. While many manufacturers were quick to adopt this trend, the Korean giant held its own. It’s also one of the first to adopt the pin-hole camera solution to avoid placing a notch up top. When a purported leaked panel of the Galaxy M20 surfaced many fans couldn’t believe it could be from a Samsung smartphone. They thought it was probably another Chinese notched device.

However, Samsung has been taking a beating in the affordable segment of the market. It’s now having to compete with the Chinese on their own terms. They have popularized cheap smartphones with large, notched displays so that’s what Samsung is doing with the Galaxy M.

So after a long time of trying not to jump on this bandwagon, Samsung is firmly on it with the Galaxy M and its Infinity-V display. How does that make you feel? Vote below and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

Results: It appears that the majority of readers had hoped Samsung wouldn’t jump on this bandwagon. Those who feel that this doesn’t really bother them come in second place while many also dislike that the Galaxy M series looks quite similar to Chinese phones. Only a minority feels that it was inevitable for Samsung to start making notched phones.

How do you feel about Samsung's first notched smartphone?
  • I had hoped Samsung wouldn't give into this trend 46%, 585 votes
    585 votes 46%
    585 votes - 46% of all votes
  • It doesn't really bother me 27%, 335 votes
    335 votes 27%
    335 votes - 27% of all votes
  • I dislike that it looks similar to the Chinese phones 14%, 175 votes
    175 votes 14%
    175 votes - 14% of all votes
  • It was inevitable 13%, 166 votes
    166 votes 13%
    166 votes - 13% of all votes
Total Votes: 1261
14 January 2019 - 25 January 2019
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bloodomen2
bloodomen2

its notch bad

kkb2018
kkb2018

What’s the problem with the bazels? My Note9 design is perfect!

Lucidfer
Lucidfer

Possibly the stupidest thing Samsung has ever done at this stage. There’s a reason why Galaxy S8/9 oversold those crap iPhones…All they had to do is reduce the upward bezel and figure out how to reduce front camera sensor size to it or hide them behind the screen (since Oled is transparent). Instead they’re guaranteed failure, it’s almost like they’re actively, voluntarily searching failure, which is possible for irrational stock option reasons.

Gunter2
Gunter2

I don’t really like either the notch or the hole to be honest. I will keep my S9 plus for another year anyway so I hope the S11 will get rid of the hole completely. People buying mid rangers maybe won’t mind the notch as much as these phones are really geared towards the low cost markets in India and China anyway.

rmbln01
rmbln01

I own a Vivo V11i which has a waterdrop-like notch. I actually loved it.
To be honest, I’d prefer a notch rather than having a hole on the display.

Lukasz1536
Lukasz1536

Actually I really like it! As I said last time – it looks much better than that stupid hole idea. I am taking a part of Samsung Upgrade Programme, but still not sure if I will upgrade my S9+.

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

I don’t like it I think it’s unnecessary but I’d take it over the pill shape cutout on the screen 🤮🤮 any time any day.

Blood Wolfe
Blood Wolfe

I wanted to upgrade from my Note 8 to Note 10 this year but if it’s going to have any sort of stupid notch or anything stupid looking then I’ll stick with my Note 8 as long as it takes for this ridiculous trend to fade away!

MStuart
MStuart

Nothing wrong with a little bezel. Manufacturers are desperate for new ideas.

fidocampeao
fidocampeao

Yeah, and based on the pictures revealed so far, the S10+ display won’t change much of the screen to body ratio compared to the S9+, that they could justify this hideous notch or hole… Honestly, it’s a bummer for me. Don’t know if i’m keeping on samsung phones after my N10.

locarno
locarno

Where is light sensor, proximity sensor, led etc ?

Cyril692
Cyril692

I did well not to wait for note 10 this hole or notch is stupid.
Sacrifice a screen part to have more screen is ridiculous.
I love Samsung but I hope they will lose money on the S10 and that it will make them correct and not put a hole on the note 10.
User note 9.

heisenberg001
heisenberg001

You guys complain about everything. Do you want them to retain the same design language of the present series for the Note 10?

Cyril692
Cyril692

There is a difference between complaining and giving your opinion.
The note 9 is of a perfect visual appearance.
It does not bother you because you’re not demanding
In a few years it will be the only objective to make disappear this hole or notches and there you will have understood that the year 2019 would have been a prototype

Cyril692
Cyril692

A note 10, with 3 or 4 rear camera, 2 front camera, a fingerprint reader under the screen, a more powerful processor, with a minimum 256GB of storage 8GB RAM + 5000mAh battery.
With the same design as the note 9 would have been perfect.

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

Yes, way better than this ridiculous holes on the screen. Thin bezels top and bottom with front facing stereo speakers would be much better.

Cyril692
Cyril692

I agree with you