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Are we the guinea pigs for Samsung’s punch-hole display experiment?

Is it possible Samsung is using consumers as the guinea pigs for its experiment of finding the perfect punch-hole display, or at least the perfect placement of display cutouts, while it works on true all-screen displays that have the selfie camera(s) under the screen? It sure seems like it to me as we inch closer to the Galaxy Note 10’s launch, and I’m not sure I can pinpoint why.

Well, okay, I can point out why I feel like that: That centered camera hole in the Galaxy Note 10’s display. When the Galaxy S10 came out, Samsung made a big deal about its Infinity-O display and how it removes “interruptions from your view” by having no notches or distractions, even though you do have a camera hole on the screen’s top-right corner. And on the Galaxy S10+, that dual camera cutout isn’t too far off from a notch when you consider the space it takes up and how distracting it can be, at least in the initial few weeks.

No Galaxy Note 10 model is expected to have an unsightly pill-shaped dual front camera cutout, but why has the camera cutout moved to the center? Samsung will probably have a few reasons, and I’m willing to bet that one of those reasons is that it found the centered cutout makes for a more symmetric design. And it would make sense for a device codenamed Da Vinci – one of Leonardo Da Vinci’s most popular works is his drawing of the Vitruvian Man, which is “often used as an implied symbol of the essential symmetry of the human body, and by extension, the symmetry of the universe as a whole.”

Why did Samsung not think ahead when designing the Galaxy S10?

Another reason could be the fact that the S Pen doesn’t allow enough space for a camera cutout on the top-right corner of the display. But, are all those reasons something we should be concerned about? Shouldn’t Samsung have thought things through and planned for the future when designing those Infinity-O displays for the Galaxy S10? If it were the Galaxy S11 that would introduce the centered camera cutout, I probably wouldn’t complain. What troubles me is the fact that Samsung is ditching the Infinity-O display that it introduced just six to eight months ago.

It’s almost like those ill-conceived rear-mounted fingerprint sensors from the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 all over again. At the Galaxy S9 launch, Samsung proudly announced that it had listened to customer feedback and decided to put the fingerprint sensor below the rear camera, covering up for a major design flaw that shouldn’t have made it to the final product. It will probably do something similar for the Galaxy Note 10, but I’m not sure we should be letting the company get away with its indecisiveness and poor long-term vision for smartphone design, not when it involves shelling out a substantial sum of money.

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preime101
preime101

To me the Note 10 is similar to the Note 5, a poor upgrade to its predecessor, ditching popular, useful features in favour of “improved” aesthetics. Just like the Note 5 was to the Note 4, this Note 10 too will be a downgrade to the Note 9 and I will certainly not be upgrading. Lets hope the Note 11 isn’t as disappointing too.

locarno
locarno

“fact that Samsung is ditching the Infinity-O display that it introduced just six to eight months ago.”

They only launched one phone with New Infinity and it is A80. So they not ditching it yet. Just wait for S11 and we will see.

Samcurve
Samcurve

now I know why they can’t put the camera cut-out on the right; because they put the back camera on the left, so there are no space left for front camera cut out on the right, plus space for S-pen slot..🤔😁

HaskellJ
HaskellJ

Yeah..makes sense though

locarno
locarno

But they can put dual front camera on the left.

Samcurve
Samcurve

many chinese brands put the hole on the left, then maybe that’s why they don’t want to put it on the left, they don’t want to follow them 😁

samsungfan99
samsungfan99

It’s dumb, the placement of the camera cutout on the S10 is better.

Samcurve
Samcurve

middle cut-out camera is just ugly..hope they stick to right side cut-out in the future S-series models…

FARSTRIDER
FARSTRIDER

Guess at least its good to know that apple has changed their mind on this

fidocampeao
fidocampeao

Samsung always does that. I had a note edge, which was supposed to be great, but Samsung never made another device with that edge and never developed anything for it either. They just killed it, screwing with many consumers. That’s why I would never buy a galaxy fold in the first version, or anything from Samsung in the first version again. They test in us and don’t give a damn about it.

wjm911
wjm911

Didn’t Samsung win a patent to have a camera go through the screen? Very disappointed with all the notches, holes, and cutouts. Was really hoping on getting a Note 10 but now I might try and wait until the next S

Samcurve
Samcurve

I don’t think the perfect clear under-display camera will be ready for the next 2-3 year..maybe Samsung will shrink the size of cut-out to…50%? 😬😁

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Personally I like the s10 front camera placement and find it less obstructive than a centre hole. Ideally it’s full screen with camera underneath but the tech I don’t think will be ready till s12.

As for the complaints on the FPS on the s8, after using this since launch, I find it quite intuitive and sometime miss it when using the s10.

drunaveil
drunaveil

I dont see why so much fuss avbout cut outs and notches. i actually prefer the cut out of the s10+, i like it, makes the device feel diferent from the rest.
I know that if i see that type of cutout its a S10+, while in the center , there are so many with it. its a feature that diferentiates Samsung from the rest, so i hope they will resume it back 🙂