Samsung Signs Patents for 6 New Types of Mini-Notch
Caged with patent lawsuits, Samsung is preparing for 2019 with six different registrations for notch models on smartphone screens.
Caged with patent lawsuits, Samsung is preparing for 2019 with six different registrations for notch models on smartphone screens. The new formats only provide circular or semi-circular cutouts at the top of the displays to include a front camera.
All of these new designs are variants of the Infinity-U and Infinity-O screens with patents registered as stated by the LetsGoDigital website. It is worth mentioning that these new notch formats differ from the screens already presented by Samsung, known as Infinity (O, U, and V) precisely by the cut formats. Format 1, however, is very similar to Infinity U.
These patented Samsung notches take the idea to its minimum expression, being almost a small hole around the screen. The only difference between them and the holes in the Infinity-O screens is that there is still a physical connection to the top edge of the screen.
Interestingly, some of these notches are not completely on the screen. For example, in model 1, half of the lens is on the screen, while the top edge of the phone absorbs the other half. This reduces the impact of the notch on the screen pixels.
For the rest, there are not many differences between the six designs, in addition to the curves that the camera frame takes to the top edge of the screen. There is an exception in model three, which has a small gap that could be for the speaker, but it’s just a possibility.
We can expect the Korean to use these new options on incoming smartphones, such as some of the new Galaxy M family phones – ranging from premium intermediaries to entry phones.
Even with these patents, we still have no real clue as to when or how Samsung might implement these new notch or notch formats. It may even be that the company never takes these ideas off the paper, which is the case with most patents registered by large global companies.